Ken Pomponio

MWC Power Dozen: SDSU Cracks Top Four

Created on Nov. 13, 2013 12:01 PM EST

Ranking the Mountain West Conference 1-12 through 11 weeks of action (games are Saturday unless otherwise noted):

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

Last Week: Routed host Wyoming, 48-10

This Week: Bye

Quick Take: Bulldogs have climbed to 14th in the Coaches’ poll, 16th in the AP poll and, most importantly, 14th in the BCS rankings.

2. Boise State (6-3, 4-1)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Wyoming, 8:15 p.m. MT

Quick Take: Bye week came at the right time for leading rusher Jay Ajayi, who’s expected back after getting injured two weeks ago in the road win over CSU.

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

Last Week: Won at UNLV, 28-24

This Week: Bye

Quick Take: The Aggies are true road warriors, having won 11 straight conference road tilts, including a 4-0 mark in their inaugural MWC season.

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

Last Week: Rallied past host San Jose State, 34-30

This Week: at Hawaii, 5:30 p.m. HT

Quick Take: Aztecs have somehow weathered a horrific kicking season so far with seven missed field goals and five flubbed PATs.

5. San Jose State (5-4, 4-2)

Last Week: Lost to visiting San Diego State, 34-30

This Week:  at Nevada, 7:30 p.m. PT

Quick Take: Spartans may have gotten away from rushing game (only 25 attempts for 81 yards) too soon in the come-from-ahead loss to the Aztecs.

6. Colorado State (5-5, 3-2)

Last Week: Beat visiting Nevada, 38-17

This Week: at New Mexico, 5 p.m. MT

Quick Take: Stud sophomore TB Kapri Bibbs is carrying the Rams back to respectability with school single-game record 312 yards against Nevada and an FBS-leading 19 ground scores so far this season.

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

Last Week: Lost to visiting Utah State, 28-24

This Week: Bye

Quick Take: The Rebels’ revival isn’t exactly attracting a crowd as the program is averaging a MWC-worst 13,641 fans per home contest.

8. Wyoming (4-5, 2-3)

Last Week: Lost to visiting Fresno State, 48-10

This Week: at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (MT)

Quick Take: Pokes’ 3-1 start is rapidly becoming a distant memory with four losses in their last five games. The team has allowed an average of 44.8 points per outing in that span.

9. New Mexico (3-6, 1-4)

Last Week: Beat visiting Air Force, 45-37

This Week: vs. Colorado State, 5 p.m. MT

Quick Take: Home finale and senior night is at hand for the Lobos, which close out the season with a brutal back-to-back road stretch (at Fresno State and at Boise State).

10. Nevada (3-7, 2-5)

Last Week: Lost at Colorado State, 38-17

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

Quick Take: “I think the guys are finding out that eight- or nine-win seasons and making a bowl game are not birthrights.” — first-year Nevada coach Brian Polian on the Wolf Pack, which will be home for the holidays for the first time since 2004.

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

Last Week: Lost at New Mexico, 45-37

This Week: Bye

Quick Take: Falcons are one loss away from matching the most in the program’s 57 seasons.

12. Hawaii (0-9, 0-6)

Last Week: Lost at Navy, 42-28

This Week: vs. San Diego State, 5:30 p.m. HT

Quick Take: Maybe donning retro kelly green-and-rainbow jerseys this week will help bring an end to the Warriors’ nine-game skid.

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