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Week two wasn't nearly as exciting as week one, but the herd is thinning and we're getting a better idea of who will realistically challenge for the Mountain West. I expect a clearer image by the end of week three.

Team of the Week: Air Force. The Falcons got a pretty solid win on the road at Wyoming and appear to be challenging for the Mountain West crown once again. This week will be their toughest test yet, though, as they travel to Houston and take on the Cougars. A win there will give them a solid 3-0 start and position them for another good season. 

Team of the Weak: New Mexico. Ok, the Aggies are a Big 12 team with Big 12 talent, yet there really is no excuse for losing this one. But what's worse is the fact University Stadium looked like a morgue. Seriously, a team like A&M comes to town and you only pack in 28,000 fans? 

Week Two Rankings
Rank Team Comments
1 The Utes are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 and looking pretty solid on offense in their win Saturday. The team still isn't "there" yet, but right now it's hard to say they're not the best team in the Mountain West. Saturday's game against USU won't be much of a measuring stick, but the upcoming game against Air Force could prove to be huge.
2 The Frogs jump a spot after completely embarrassing Stephen F. Austin. Of course, they're only an FCS team, so maybe this ranking is premature. If the Frogs can take care of business against Stanford in impressive fashion Saturday, they may prove they're legit. 
3 The good news: BYU beat a BCS team on the road for the first time in years. The bad news: It's Washington. This was a good win for the Cougars, but a game they nearly lost and it ended with so much controversy, it's hard to call it impressive. Add in the fact the Huskies are probably not going to win more than three games this season and you're now asking yourself how BYU managed to not win by more than they actually did. 
4 Break up the Falcons! Another good start this season has the fans in Colorado Springs fired up. Their game against Wyoming was a swing one, but the Falcons' defense really shut down the Cowboys and they managed just enough points to get a solid win in Laramie. 
5 Ok, the Rams move up here by default. This conference really goes into the toilet once you get past the top four. Colorado State really doesn't deserve this ranking, but since they're the only team to win out of the bottom half, I can't really rank them lower.
6 The Aztecs lose to Cal Poly at home and then nearly upset the Irish on the road. I don't know what to make of that, except San Diego State generally has a history of playing BCS teams tough on the road, only to eventually lose and finish the season with a below .500 record. This season doesn't appear to be any different.
7 The Cowboys most likely will finish below .500 this season and because of this, it's looking more and more probable they'll be searching for a new head coach come November. Things do get a bit easier this week with a home game against North Dakota State, but if Wyoming's offense can't perform better, they could actually lose this one. 
8 If only college football games were one quarter, then UNLV would still be celebrating their second straight big win over Utah. Unfortunately for them, it's a sport of four quarters and UNLV failed to show up for the final two. Don't expect much improvement this week, as they travel to Tempe to take on #15th ranked Arizona State.
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