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MWC Power Dozen: Unbeaten Bulldogs Still Leading Pack

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Donavon Lewis, 27, and the Fresno State Bulldogs are one of the five unbeatens remaining in the FBS ranks. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Donavon Lewis, 27, and the Fresno State Bulldogs are one of the five unbeatens remaining in the FBS ranks. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Ranking the Mountain West Conference 1-12 through 12 weeks of action (games are Saturday unless otherwise noted):

1. Fresno State (9-0, 6-0 MWC)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. New Mexico, 1 p.m. PT

Quick Take: The Bulldogs are one of five FBS unbeatens, but the bye week didn’t show them much love with FSU falling two spots in the coaches’ poll (14th to 16th) and one spot in the BCS standings (15 to 16).

2. Boise State (7-3, 5-1)

Last Week: Routed host Wyoming, 48-7

This Week: at San Diego State, 7:30 p.m. PT

Quick Take: Talk about an impressive double: The Broncos own the best home (.955) and road (.789) winning percentages in the FBS since 2003.

3. Utah State (6-4, 5-1)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Colorado State, 1:30 p.m. MT

Quick Take: Aggies head coach Matt Wells is well acquainted with the opposing quarterback this week, having recruited Garrett Grayson while serving as Louisville’s QB coach and then recommending him to CSU when the Cards ran out of scholarships to offer.

4. San Diego State (6-4, 5-1)

Last Week: Won at Hawaii, 28-21

This Week: vs. Boise State, 7:30 p.m. PT

Quick Take: With their win on the islands — their sixth victory in their last seven games — the Aztecs became the fourth bowl-eligible MWC team.

5. San Jose State (5-5, 4-3)

Last Week: Lost at Nevada, 38-16

This Week: vs. Navy, 6:30 p.m. PT (Friday)

Quick Take: The Spartans suddenly are struggling after back-to-back losses and still need to beat either Navy or Fresno State to become bowl eligible.

6. Colorado State (6-5, 4-2)

Last Week: Beat host New Mexico, 66-42

This Week: at Utah State, 1:30 p.m. MT

Quick Take: After his six rushing TDs against the Lobos, sophomore TB Kapri Bibbs now leads the FBS with 25 scores and is only three away from matching former BYU TB Luke Staley’s single-season conference record.

7. UNLV (5-5, 3-3)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: at Air Force, 7:30 p.m. MT (Thursday)

Quick Take: The Rebels are seeking their first win at Falcon Stadium since 2001.

8. Nevada (4-7, 3-5)

Last Week: Beat visiting San Jose State, 38-16

This Week: Bye

Quick Take: Wolf Pack’s impressive win over the Spartans didn’t go unnoticed as Nevada LB Jonathan McNeal and P Chase Tenpenny garnered two of the three conference player of the week awards.

9. Wyoming (4-6, 2-4)

Last Week: Lost to visiting Boise State, 48-7

This Week: vs. Hawaii, noon MT

Quick Take: Bad news: UW has not beaten a team with a winning record this season. Good news: The visiting Rainbow Warriors are nowhere close to having a winning record.

10. New Mexico (3-7, 1-5)

Last Week: Lost to visiting CSU, 66-42

This Week: at Fresno State, 1 p.m. PT

Quick Take: An already-bad season took a turn for the worse last week as TB Kasey Carrier and QB Cole Gautsche suffered season-ending concussions in the loss to the Rams.

11. Air Force (2-8, 0-6)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. UNLV, 7:30 p.m. MT (Thursday)

Quick Take: The Falcons, who won’t be playing in a bowl for the first time in seven seasons, will be trying to dash the postseason hopes of UNLV and CSU in their last two games.

12. Hawaii (0-10, 0-7)

Last Week: Lost to visiting San Diego State, 28-21

This Week: at Wyoming, noon MT

Quick Take: Rainbow Warriors’ current 10-game skid is the second longest in the program’s history.