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Mountain West Conference power rankings

Week four wasn't nearly as big as last week, but still some solid wins from Mountain West teams. Right now, it looks like BYU, Utah and TCU are the teams to beat, in that order. Air Force looks solid, but losing at home this early pretty much ends any championship hopes. The bottom is bad, with San Diego State and New Mexico looking like below .500 programs. Hopefully UNLV can sustain their success and Colorado State can push five wins this year. 

Team of the Week: UNLV. The Rebels are off to a fast 3-1 start after a close overtime victory over Iowa State Saturday night. It wasn't an impressive win, as UNLV nearly blew their big lead, but it still is the first time in ages (or at least it feels like it) that UNLV is two games above .500 and if they can get a victory over Nevada this Saturday, they'll be in striking distance of receiving a bowl berth. 

Team(s) of the Weak: New Mexico & Wyoming. What an embarrassing performance by both programs Saturday, as they lost by a combined score of 100-14. Ouch. These two teams are supposed to be known for their defenses, yet the Lobos gave up 56 to Tulsa and Wyoming 44 to BYU. Pathetic.


Week Four Rankings
Rank Team Comments
1 BYU again looked impressive on offense, this time against the Cowboys. But it's their defense that has been surprisingly strong. They haven't been scored on since the fourth quarter of week two's Washington game, shutting out their last two opponents. The Cougars have a bye this week before taking on USU next Friday in Logan.
2 Air Force is never an easy win for Utah, but they'll take it, especially on the road. The Utes now sit alone at the top of the conference and are off to their best start since the 2004 season. They should continue to roll this Saturday with a game against Weber State.
3 TCU hasn't played anyone decent this season, but that changes Saturday when they travel to Norman for a game against the Sooners. This is a huge game for the Frogs, who enter the season undefeated and ranked 24th nationally. A victory, like 2005, would make TCU the favorites to crash the BCS, but it's a daunting task, as this may be one of the best Oklahoma teams of the Stoops' era.
4 Air Force played Utah tough, even though they were dominated across the board. Of course, they still lost and that's all that really matters. The Falcons probably won't win the Mountain West, but they could play spoiler. Air Force has a bye this weekend before taking on Navy next week.
5 UNLV is looking decent this year and can continue their surprise play with a victory over Nevada Saturday. The Rebels haven't started 4-1 in six seasons, the last time they finished with a non-losing record.
6 The Rams got a nice victory over Houston and now sit at 2-1 on the season. This may be the last time they're above .500 the rest of the way, but they are looking competitive and that's all you can really ask for in Steve Fairchild's first year rebuilding Colorado State.
7 Wyoming, New Mexico and San Diego State appear to be equally bad. The Cowboys got the crap kicked out of them in Provo, after barely getting by North Dakota State and host Bowling Green this weekend. It's basically a must-win for Joe Glenn, who's finding himself closer and closer to the unemployment line.
8 If it weren't for San Diego State and their win over Arizona, the Lobos would be last. Luckily for them, the Aztecs are still part of the Mountain West.