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2022 Week 12 Mountain West Power Rankings

The MWC hinges on some key games, but it looks like BSU will host FSU or SJSU for the title

Posted on November 14, 2022

  By Matt Wadleigh, SuperWest Sports

We are getting down to the wire. Are you ready?

The Mountain West Conference still hinges on a couple of key games, but the expectation is that Boise State will host one of Fresno State or San Jose State in the title game.

For now, there are a couple of weeks of football left. Here are the latest power rankings.

1. Boise State Broncos (7-3, 6-0) ◄►
Wash, rinse, repeat.

The Broncos haven’t lost a MWC game and their only loss recently came against BYU.

They just dropped a 41 spot on lowly Nevada, and next week they have a conference-altering matchup with Wyoming.

2. Fresno State Bulldogs (6-4, 5-1) ◄►
The previously 1-4 Bulldogs have turned it all the way around.

They have won five straight games and look like one of the best teams in the Conference.

UNLV gave them a run for their money, but the Jake Haener-Jalen Moreno-Cropper Duo combined for 164 yards and two scores in a close 37-30 victory in Sin City.

The Bulldogs are as hot as can be and in control of their own destiny.

3. Air Force Falcons (7-3, 3-3) ▲2
Air Force and Wyoming are a toss-up.

But the Cowboys had a tough time against Colorado State, which isn’t a good sign.

The Falcons would be in play for the Mountain Division if it weren’t for an ugly loss to Utah State.

Still, they are on a path to a 9-win season if they defeat Colorado State and San Diego State.

4. Wyoming Cowboys (7-3, 5-1) ▼1
The inconsistency across the MWC is evident as can be with Wyoming’s struggles.

Titus Swen has 752 yards and seven scores and is leading the Cowboy offense.

However, a one-point victory over Colorado State is discouraging.

Can they beat the Broncos? We’ll see next week.

5. San Diego State Aztecs (6-4, 4-2) ▲1
The Aztecs were also dead in the water and now they are alive.

The insertion of Jalen Mayden at QB has been night and day.

If it weren’t for a gigantic collapse against Fresno State, the Aztecs would be atop the West Division.

6. San Jose State Spartans (6-3, 4-2) ▼2
The Spartans needed to win to stay alive with Fresno State.

A 14-0 first-quarter lead evaporated quickly as the Aztecs scored 38 unanswered points.

They finish the year against Utah State and Hawai’i.

7. Utah State Aggies (5-5, 4-2) ▲1
Utah State had a marvelous turnaround after an ugly start.

After a 1-4 start, they have gone 4-1.

They nearly lost to Hawai’i, but a win is a win, as Blake Andersen said.

8. UNLV Rebels (4-6, 2-4) ▼1
The Rebels gave Fresno State fits as Aidan Robbins ran for 144 yards.

Still, they couldn’t get over the hump, and Marcus Arroyo’s team has lost five straight.

9. Colorado State Rams (2-8, 2-4) ◄►
How do we even rank these next four teams?

Who knows, but Colorado State gave Wyoming a run for its money. That’s a good sign.

Plus they have two conference wins.

10. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (2-9, 1-5) ◄►
Talk about a surprising effort.

Hawai’i scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to give Utah State a ton of stress, but the Aggies still got the win.

11. Nevada Wolfpack (2-8, 0-6) ◄►
Nevada scored a field goal against Boise State. In Reno.

That pretty much sums up the entire year.

12. New Mexico Lobos (2-8, 0-6) ◄►
New Mexico also scored a field goal, on the road.

They totaled 172 yards of offense, and neither the Lobos or the Wolfpack have a MWC win.

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