What's the opposite of The Buggles' biggest hit? Well, Thompson killed the TV star, essentially delegated Utah and other Mountain West games to little known television stations run off of former Soviet spy satellites. Thanks to this, the Mountain West Conference is about as relevant on the national stage as The Buggles currently are.
Nothing like listening to the Utes on a radio, huddled up next to a candle and wondering whether America would enter that pesky war between that Hitler guy and Europe.
With that said, here are the rankings.
|1||With UNLV's loss to BYU, Air Force is still the only ranked team in the conference. They're playing solid ball and bounced back from their loss to BYU with a 45 point drubbing of Wyoming at home. Two road games against SDSU and New Mexico will offer a great challenge and may keep Air Force from claiming the top spot.|
|2||BYU finally won in Salt Lake City last week, defeating the Utes by 10. It was their first victory here in 13 years and really has positioned the Cougars to make a run at the conference championship. The Cougars also dominated UNLV at home and have two easy road games against Wyoming and TCU this week. The Cougars are primed for a long winning streak that could ultimately put them in the top-25 and atop the conference, especially if Air Force loses.|
|3||The Rebels were rolling right along and then fell apart against BYU in Provo. That loss set the team back, especially when it looked like they were contending for the conference championship. UNLV does have an easy upcoming schedule, with two home games against TCU and Wyoming and a road game against Utah. Those should all be wins and that would set up a pivotal road game against the Aztecs.|
|4||The Aztecs might be turning a corner. After starting conference play 2-4, San Diego State has run off 2 straight and have finally climbed to .500. They haven't played since Wednesday of last week and will have a difficult game against the Falcons Tuesday night. Which will prove to be a must win if San Diego State has any hopes of playing in the NIT.|
|5||Colorado State started the conference season 4-2, but since then have dropped three straight. Now they sit below .500 and it will take quite a run to get back to respectability. They'll look to turn around their fortunes Wednesday night when they travel to play the Utes. A win there could get things heading in the right direction once again. However a loss to a poor Utah team could signal that Dale Layer's career in Fort Collins may be coming to an end.|
|6||The Lobos struggled early, but have put together two straight victories, including one on the road against the Rams. While New Mexico is still a poor team and they have a tough home game agaisnt Air Force before playing BYU in Provo, they're playing better as of late. But that tough schedule will probably mean minimal progression and could cost Ritchie McKay his job.|
|7||I hate putting the Utes up this far, since I don't think they're really that good of a team. However Wyoming and TCU are just as bad, if not worse. The Utes lost to BYU last week and then gutted out an ugly win over TCU on the road (their first road win of the season). Yet before Utah fans get out the ticker tape, the Utes still have a home game against CSU and a road game against Air Force coming up this week. That could doom them to the bottom of the conference once again.|
|8||Wyoming had played better basketball since their loss to Utah a couple weeks ago, or so it seemed. However since then they've dropped two straight and have to host BYU this Tuesday, which is not an easy task for a Wyoming team coming off a 45 point loss to Air Force. The Pokes are on the brink of a complete implosion and a loss to BYU at home could trigger it.|
|9||Poor Frogs, another dismal season in the Mountain West. TCU hasn't won in a month, with their last victory coming against Utah in Salt Lake City. Things don't get any easier with a road game against UNLV and a home game against BYU.|
With how poor some Mountain West teams are playing this season, I could realistically see massive coaching changes. Utah, Colorado State, Wyoming, TCU and New Mexico all may be in the market for a new coach come March and there's also a possibility that Bzdelik gets a better job offering. How crazy would it be if 7 of the 9 Mountain West teams replaced their head coaches at the end of the season?