Mountain West Conference is very good this year...
The Mountain West Conference is arguably the third best conference in college football this season. The SEC and the Big 12 both look very strong, but the PAC-10, Big East, Big 10, and ACC have been exposed this season. The Mountain West Conference has continued to flex its muscle against BCS conference teams, and have three teams that look to deserve a BCS bowl birth. Here are the power rankings for week 5:
1a)BYU - 103-0. The scary thing is the margin of victory in the last two games could have been much higher. BYU might be under ranked at #11. It will be interesting to see what happens to the Cougars in the polls during their bye week.
1b)Utah - Close win over a better than expected Air Force team. Defense only allows Air Force to gain 53 yards on the ground, but the offense gives Air Force great field position to start drives. If Utah can ever stop their half good/half bad football they will be a great team.
1c)TCU - The Horned Frogs could really make a statement this weekend against Oklahoma. A win for TCU would put them in the top spot in the conference, and for the non-BCS teams trying to get a BCS birth.
4a)Air Force - Air Force were a few defensive stops away from beating the Utes. The Cadets didn't put up great numbers, but they took advantage of the opportunities that Utah gave them. The Falcons could trip up one of the top teams, and will be looking to bring back the Commander and Chief Trophy to the academy this year.
4b)UNLV - The Rebels demonstrate that they will be competing for the fourth spot in the conference, and they have the talent to play with any team in the conference. This Rebel team is young, and look for their confidence to increase as the season progresses.
6)Colorado State - Big win by the Rams over Houston. 2-1 is a great start for Colorado State this season, but they enter a tough stretch of schedule(@CAL, UNLV, TCU, @Utah). It is a lot to ask, but a win at California would be great for the conference.
7)New Mexico - The Lobos lost their starting quarterback for the season. Lucky for the Lobos they are facing the New Mexico State Aggies this weekend, and it should be a good week to break in a new quarterback. The pressure will be on New Mexico, they need a win this weekend to try and salvage the season, and they need to continue their dominance against the NMSU Aggies.
8)Wyoming - It doesn't look good for Joe Glenn and the cowboys. Glenn stating after the game that he has no idea who will play quarterback for Wyoming for the rest of the season. Wyoming returns home to try and squeak out a victory over Bowling Green this weekend.
9)San Diego State - The Aztecs have a chance not only to cement their position at the bottom of the conference but gain a strangle hold on the #119 spot in all of college football if they lose at home against Idaho.