A Great weekend for the Mountain West Conference...
This was the best regular season weekend in the history of the Mountain West Conference. The conference had four games against PAC-10 teams and swept the weekend. Air Force added a good win at Houston, and the Utes dominated the Aggies. Wyoming avoid an embarrassing loss to North Dakota State, and San Diego State are who we thought they were. Yet, it is clear that the Mountain West Conference has three teams that have BCS potential. Here are this weeks power rankings:
1a)BYU - A 59-0 win over UCLA, WOW! Maybe the most dominating win in BYU history. This game was a blowout, but it could have been a blood bath if BYU didn't pull their starters early in the third quarter. An impressive win by BYU.
1b)Utah - The Utes put together four quarters of football. They beat Utah State 58-10, and demonstrated that they are taking care of the games they need to win. The Utes had many mistakes in the game, and ran up the score by having their starters in fourth quarter. Dominating win by the Utes, but the win does raise some questions about the just how good the Utes will be this season.
1c)TCU - The Horned Frogs have proven that they are at the level of BYU and Utah. The win over Stanford was bigger than the score of 31-14 showed. TCU defense is impressive, and TCU also demonstrated that they are able to move the football against a good defense. In two weeks TCU's real test will come against Oklahoma.
4)Air Force - Zero Passing yards. That was the most blaring stat from the Cadet's victory over the weekend. Houston's rushing defense was suspect going into the game; however, Houston gave up 380 yards to the Falcons in the loss. The Falcons still hold on to the 4th spot in the conference, but the Falcons could make some noise against the Utes this weekend.
5)UNLV - The Rebels shock Arizona State, at Arizona State. It took an amazing one handed touchdown catch, a pinball pass completion in overtime, and a blocked field goal. Still the Rebels are now 2-1 and have set themselves up to compete for the 4th spot in the conference.
6)New Mexico - The Lobos finally show up at home to win a big game. New Mexico's schedule was set up for the Lobos to have a chance for a quick start. They didn't take advantage of the early schedule, but it was an impressive win over Arizona.
7)Colorado State - The Rams have a bye week and fall down the power rankings after impressive wins from the rest of the conference.
8)Wyoming - The pokes are really close to being 0-3. Wyoming had to rally to beat Ohio and North Dakota State(AA). It doesn't look for Wyoming going into Provo this weekend.
9)San Diego State - Awful! The Aztecs are just bad. After a close loss against Notre Dame, SDSU don't even compete against the San Jose State. The Idaho game has to be circled by the Aztecs as possibly the only chance they have to win this season.