Mountain West Power Dozen: Colorado State Climbing
By Ken Pomponio
Ranking the Mountain West Conference through nine weeks:
1. Fresno State (7-0, 4-0 MWC)
Last Week: Won at San Diego State, 35-28 in OT
This Week: vs. Nevada, 7:30 p.m. PT
Quick Take: Only a sophomore, wideout Davante Adams is three TD receptions away from matching ex-BYU standout Austin Collie atop the Mountain West’s all-time list with 30.
2. Boise State (5-3, 3-1)
Last Week: Lost at BYU, 37-20
This Week: at Colorado State, 6 p.m. MT
Quick Take: Injuries (six starters missed the loss in Provo) and turnovers (BSU a minus-6 in its past 2 losses) have caught up with the Broncos.
3. Utah State (4-4, 3-1)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: vs. Hawaii, 2 p.m. MT
Quick Take: Must-win time? No doubt about it as the Aggies will try to snap a two-game home losing streak when they host the winless Warriors.
4. San Jose State (4-3, 3-1)
Last Week: Outdueled visiting Wyoming, 51-44
This Week: at UNLV, 1 p.m. PT
Quick Take: With his 482-yard, five-TD effort against Wyoming, Spartans QB David Fales has topped 300 passing yards in a MWC-record five straight contests.
5. Colorado State (4-4, 2-1)
Last Week: Won at Hawaii, 35-28
This Week: vs. Boise State, 6 p.m. MT
Quick Take: Sophomore TB Kapri Bibbs has powered the Rams to two straight wins, rolling up a combined 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns versus the Cowboys and Rainbow Warriors.
6. UNLV (5-3, 3-1)
Last Week: Won at Nevada, 27-22
This Week: vs. San Jose State, 1 p.m. PT
Quick Take: Believe it or not, the Rebels have possession of the Fremont Cannon for the first time since 2004 and are 5-3 for the first time since 1994.
7. Wyoming (4-4, 2-2)
Last Week: Lost at San Jose State, 51-44
This Week: Bye
Quick Take: Defensive collapse (103 points, 1,151 yards allowed) during the last two games cost coordinator Chris Tormey his job.
8. San Diego State (3-4, 2-1)
Last Week: Lost to visiting Fresno State, 35-28, in OT
This Week: vs. New Mexico, 5 p.m. PT
Quick Take: Kicking issues are killing the Aztecs as they have missed five straight field goals, including Seamus McMorrow’s blocked 37-yarder that would have knocked off Fresno State at the end of regulation.
9. Nevada (3-5, 2-3)
Last Week: Lost to visiting UNLV, 27-22
This Week: at Fresno State, 7:30 p.m. PT
Quick Take: The Wolf Pack have emerged victorious in their last two trips to Fresno, but getting this one would obviously be the biggest coup of all.
10. New Mexico (2-5, 0-3)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at San Diego State, 5 p.m. PT
Quick Take: Sophomore QB Cole Gautsche used the Lobos’ second bye week to heal from the knee issues that have plagued him most of the season.
11. Air Force (1-7, 0-5)
Last Week: Lost at home to Notre Dame, 45-10
This Week: vs. Army, 10 a.m. MT
Quick Take: Against the Irish, freshman Nate Romine became the fourth different QB to start a game for the Falcons this season — a figure that not surprisingly tops the FBS.
12. Hawaii (0-7, 0-5)
Last Week: Lost to visiting CSU, 35-28
This Week: at Utah State, 2 p.m. MT
Quick Take: Struggling Warriors are one of five winless teams remaining in the FBS.