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Mountain West Conference week eight power rankings

Okay, so I slacked off last week and didn't get the rankings out. Not like much would have changed, though.

This week's big game is Utah at Air Force. Traditionally a close contest, the Utes can't overlook the Falcons toward their huge showdown with TCU on Nov. 6th. This really isn't a must-win for the Falcons because even with a loss, they'll still be in prime position for a bowl berth. But you know they're looking to snap a two game losing streak. 

Team of the Week: Utah. The Utes looked damn near perfect in their 59-6 win over Colorado State. It was one of the most lopsided contests in this rivalry's long history and Utah once again broke 50 (that's the fourth time this season). 

Team of the Weak: CSU. The Rams barely made a game of it and looked hardly like the team that worked UNLV the week before. 

The rankings after the jump...

Week Eight Rankings
Rank Team Comments

The Frogs looked pretty good against a slumping Air Force team last week and should roll into Salt Lake City undefeated in a little over a week. The Utes are the only thing standing between TCU and a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

2 Utah routed the Rams in Salt Lake and now prepare for their biggest test of the season against Air Force. It's a big game for a Ute team that is now battling the perception they haven't defeated anyone this season. The biggest obstacle just might be overlooking the Falcons toward their game against TCU. 

San Diego State didn't look entirely impressive in their win over New Mexico Saturday, but the victory pulled them within a game of bowl eligibility. That's a huge step in the right direction - but they must continue that consistency this week against Wyoming. 


Air Force has struggled the last two weeks and need to find their mojo quickly if they're going to upend the 8th ranked Utes. That's a tall order for a team that hasn't won against a ranked opponent since the 2002 season.


It wasn't pretty at all, but the Cougars eventually won a game. Sure, it was only Wyoming and it was a contest they didn't dominate (unusual for this series), but with how few the wins have been this season, I'm guessing BYU will take it. Now they get a bye before trying to find six wins for bowl eligibility. 

6 The Cowboys nearly upended BYU in Provo and that would have been huge for this program  as they're still trying to find enough wins on their schedule to make consecutive bowl games. Now with six losses, they have to win out and that might be a tall order - especially with San Diego State coming to town this Saturday.  
7 Colorado State is better than their 59-6 loss to Utah last week. They're actually good enough to win out and return to post-season play after a year absence. That has to start this Saturday with the hapless Lobos. 

UNLV very well could finish the season 1-11. The only game they should be favored in the remainder of the year will be against Wyoming at home. So they've got to figure out how to win a few games they shouldn't to even finish with a somewhat respectable record. No easy task.