Does Nevada or San Jose State take the highest spot?

Each week, Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray will rate Mountain West’s football teams. Here are this week’s leaderboards with each team’s overall record, their leaderboard last week, their score last week, their closest opponent and a quick comment.

1. San Jose State

Rank last week: 1

Recording: 4-0, 4-0 MW

Last week: Game against Fresno State canceled

In this week: in Boise State

Comment: I got Nevada to the top initially, but after more research, SJSU’s résumé is still stronger than the wolf pack even after Nevada’s victory over SDSU and SJSU’s cancellation with Fresno State. The Spartans also beat the Aztecs (but it was on the way and came down by twice as many points). SJSU defeated New Mexico by 17 points instead of Nevada’s seven. Both teams beat UNLV roughly equally (Nevada at 6 p.m.; SJSU at 5 p.m.). And SJSU’s second best win (Air Force) is better than Nevada’s second best win (Wyoming). Small margin for the Spartans.

2. Nevada

Rank last week: 2

Recording: 5-0, 5-0 MW

Last week: Hit San Diego State, 26-21

In this week: on Hawaii

Comment: The win over SDSU pushed Nevada to the edge of the top 25 and set up a game in Hawaii that would bring the wolf pack to 6-0, but in the islands, victory can never be taken for granted, so Nevada has to play well. The only important question that remains for the wolf pack is how it will hold up against a good passing attack, as Nevada’s defense has not yet faced such a team and will only do so against Fresno State and SJSU around the regular season to end. But all of the other facets of the team seem to be championship caliber.

3. Boise State

Rank last week: 3

Recording: 4-1, 4-0 MW

Last week: Beat Hawaii, 40-32

In this week: San Jose State

Comment: Boise State was big (by 24 points) in Hawaii in the second half before the Rainbow Warriors made things interesting late and turned it into a one-ball game. Next up is a showdown with San Jose State, which airs on Fox. This is the second week in a row that Mountain West has drawn a television game on the network. It is the biggest game of the conference of the season so far in which two teams are unbeaten in the league game. Boise State is a double-digit favorite, so SJSU doesn’t get a lot of respect.

4. State of San Diego

Rank last week: 4th

Recording: 3-2, 3-2 MW

Last week: Lost to Nevada, 26-21

In this week: Game against Fresno State canceled

Comment: Despite all of the great things SDSU has done over the past decade, I’ll never figure out why this program couldn’t recruit a senior quarterback. Georgia Tech Transfer Lucas Johnson fitted the bill against Nevada in the first half before tensing up and being ineffective in the second half. Maybe he’s the answer, but SDSU hasn’t been able to add a pro-level quarterback to its great defense and strong attack since Ryan Lindley graduated in 2011. Is It Difficult to Recruit to San Diego?

5. Fresno State

Rank last week: 5

Recording: 3-1, 3-1 MW

Last week: Game against SJSU canceled

In this week: Game against SDSU canceled

Comment: Fresno State had canceled last week’s game against SJSU and this week’s game against SDSU due to COVID-19 positives and the resulting contract follow-up within the program. While the Bulldogs certainly wanted to play these games, the cancellations could help them in the MW title race by avoiding two possible losses. Fresno State’s next game is December 5th against Nevada, which gives them plenty of rest and preparation time. If the Bulldogs win this game, they’ll be in the driver’s seat for an unlikely berth in the title game. Don’t count the state of Fresno just yet.

6th Air Force

Rank last week: 9

Recording: 2-2, 1-2 MW

Last week: Beat New Mexico 28-0

In this week: Colorado State (on Thursday)

Comment: After consecutive games were canceled / postponed, the Air Force made a strong showing last week, ruling out New Mexico when coach Troy Calhoun posted his 100th career win, ranking second in conference history behind Rocky Long with 143 wins, San Diego State and New Mexico. Fullback Brad Roberts (177 yards, three TDs) was named MW Offensive Player of the Week in his second college game.

7. Hawaii

Rank last week: 6

Recording: 2-3, 2-3 MW

Last week: Lost to Boise State, 40-32

In this week: Nevada

Comment: Hawaii is still trying to find an identity as it goes from offensive coach Nick Rolovich to defensive coach Todd Graham this year. Neither the offensive nor the defense have looked great this season. They ranked 91st in the nation on offense and 74th in goal defense. Hawaii has to win to get to a bowl game, and it won’t be easy if Nevada, SJSU, and UNLV are left.

8. State of Colorado

Rank last week: 7th

Recording: 1-2, 1-2 MW

Last week: Game against UNLV canceled

In this week: at the Air Force (on Thursday)

Comment: Colorado State canceled its second game of the season after UNLV struggled with COVID. Both rejections of the Rams were created by the opponent, so they were a bit unlucky there. After beating rival Wyoming earlier this season, the CSU has another rivalry game with the Air Force. The Ram-Falcon Trophy is at stake. These rivalries are big for coach Steve Addazio in the first year given the problems his predecessor had. Mike Bobo was 2-13 against the three rivals of the CSU (Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado).

9. Wyoming

Rank last week: 8th

Recording: 1-2, 1-2 MW

Last week: Game against Utah State canceled

In this week: at UNLV (on Friday)

Comment: Wyoming is one of four MW teams that have had several games canceled this season due to COVID. However, there are plans to play at UNLV, whose game was also canceled last week. So both teams are essentially saying goodbye. The last time Wyoming played at UNLV was historic. That game came out in 2016 and was won by UNLV, 69-66 in three hours of overtime, marking the highest scoring game in MW history. Four of the last 24 competitions between these teams have worked overtime.

10. UNLV

Rank last week: 12th

Recording: 0-4, 0-4 MW

Last week: Game against Colorado State canceled

In this week: Wyoming (on Friday)

Comment: After last week’s game against Colorado State was canceled, UNLV will remain on the hunt for their first year-old win under coach Marcus Arroyo. In games against Wyoming, Boise State and Hawaii there are still three chances left. The Revels only had 49 players in training last week when they did contact tracing, and have a short week ahead of them as the game is played in Wyoming on Friday. It is still an open question who will start at quarterback.

11. New Mexico

Rank last week: 10

Recording: 0-4, 0-4 MW

Last week: Lost to the Air Force, 28-0

In this week: in Utah State (on Thursday)

Comment: After a tough effort in a 27:20 loss to Nevada two weeks ago, the Lobos looked flat against the Air Force, who scored touchdowns on their first three rides and took an early 21-0 lead. The Lobos have now lost 19 consecutive MW games. Coach Danny Gonzales took the blame after the last defeat and said, “We’re not that bad a football team, but if you do that bad, it’s not because of you. It’s on the buses. I have to better get our employees to prepare them better. “

12. State of Utah

Rank last week: 12th

Recording: 0-4, 0-4 MW

Last week: Game against Wyoming canceled

In this week: New Mexico (on Thursday)

Comment: Utah State was one of six MW teams whose game was canceled last week, though perhaps that wasn’t the worst in the world given the way the season went. The good news is that one of our bottom two teams will win this week because the Aggies are up against New Mexico. So it’s a battle of 0-4 opponents.

Sports columnist Chris Murray shares insights into sports in Northern Nevada. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.

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