Conference play is going to be kicking into gear now and I suspect we'll see the pretenders weeded out from the contenders in the coming weeks. Realistically, I expect the championship to come down to Utah and TCU. The Air Force Falcons and maybe the San Diego St. Aztecs are the obvious dark horses.
Once you get outside the top-four, things really go to hell rather quickly. I think Wyoming can make some noise in conference, but they appear to be too inconsistent to sustain any type of run. Beyond the Cowboys, though, the rest of the conference just looks down right awful. BYU, New Mexico, Colorado State and UNLV all could potentially finish with losing records, with the Lobos looking like the worst of the bunch.
This week is where you'll see a few more conference games, as CSU travels to Colorado Springs to face Air Force, TCU hosts Wyoming and BYU looks to get some type of traction at home against San Diego State.
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The rankings after the jump...
|The Utes had a bye and moved up in the polls. They still haven't proven, however, they're better than the Frogs. So we'll keep them at second until they do that. This week they face a decent Iowa St. Cyclones team looking for an upset. A win there might not prove Utah is capable of contending with TCU at the top of the conference, but it won't hurt, either.|
|BYU looked down right terrible in their loss to Utah State Saturday. It was the first defeat at the hands of the Aggies since the 1993 season and now, the Cougars are reeling. They already have accumulated four losses and with road games against TCU and Utah still remaining on the schedule, a losing season is not only possible, but likely. That's why Saturday's game is important. If they lose to the Aztecs, it will move them closer and closer to dropping out of bowl contention altogether.|