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Mountain West Conference basketball power rankings

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Since conference season is now in full swing, I thought I'd start posting the basketball power rankings. They'll be published every Tuesday from here on out.

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1 While the Aztecs have an inexcusable loss to Northern Colorado, their victory over New Mexico at The Pit negates that. San Diego State now sits at 2-0 in conference play and a victory over Utah Wednesday could position them nicely for a title run.
2 Utah had a great win over Air Force to open up conference play and followed that up with a lackluster effort against Dixie State. Now, though, the schedule really toughens up, as the Utes travel to play the Aztecs Wednesday.
3 BYU looked like the team to beat in the conference and maybe they still are, but they definitely look more mortal after losing to Boise State and getting blown out at Wake Forest. The Cougars, though, could regain some momentum if they beat UNLV tonight on the road.
4 The Lobos were knocking on the door of the top-25 prior to their loss to San Diego State at home, but now are in a tough position. To be competitive in the Mountain West, New Mexico will need to win out at home (highly likely) and get a surprise victory or two on the road. It's never good starting conference play out with a home loss and with the way New Mexico struggled against Wyoming in Laramie, it might be entirely possible they fail to get a big road win.
5 After a close victory against the Rams on the road in Fort Collins, UNLV struggled in a pretty surprising loss to Air Force. Now UNLV runs the risk of being marginalized in the conference championship race if they lose to BYU tonight.
6 Air Force is having a surprise season in Jeff Reynold's first year as head coach. Not only have they been able to stay above .500, they shocked UNLV for their first conference win of the season. With all the turnover they suffered after last year, not many felt the Falcons would make noise in conference play. Well it appears Reynolds and company are doing just that.
7 It's hard to peg TCU. While they're 9-6 and 1-1 in the Mountain West, they've really struggled at times, losing to SMU, Rice and Texas Tech. On the other hand, they completely dominated Wyoming. If TCU can beat New Mexico at home tonight, they might be a legitimate threat.
8 Heath Schroyer expected to surprise the Mountain West this year, but not this way. Instead of surprising them with great play, the Cowboys have struggled greatly and appear destine for the conference cellar. With a potential player of the year in Brandon Ewing and what was called the best backcourt in the conference prior to the season, they have definitely been the most disappointing team.
9 Colorado State was supposed to struggle this year, but I don't think anyone thought they would be bad enough to lose to DII Panhandle State. The Rams are awful and actually look worse today than they did at the start of the season. This is definitely not a good way for first year head coach Tim Miles to start out his career with the Rams. With that said, he surely deserves a pass for this season.