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San Diego State stays atop Mountain West power poll

San Diego State quarterback Christian Chapman, shown during the 2015 Hawaii Bowl, threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening win over New Hampshire.
San Diego State quarterback Christian Chapman, shown during the 2015 Hawaii Bowl, threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening win over New Hampshire. Associated Press file

1. San Diego State: Eleven straight wins are on the line as the Aztecs take on pass-heavy, defense-iffy Cal. This game is a big measuring stick for SDSU, which lost to Cal 35-7 a year ago in the first game of a three-game losing streak that put them at 1-3 (turned it around and won 10 straight).

2. Boise State: Strong start with dominance on offense and defense at Louisiana; fired-up Washington State presents a much bigger test for a team that has lost two straight at home.

3. Air Force: Falcons put up “meh” game in 16-point win over Abilene Christian; will rock awesome uniforms against Georgia State.

4. Utah State: Aggies ran roughshod over Weber State (428 yards on the ground) last week, but this weekend is a whole different beast, even at wounded USC (playing their first 11 a.m. PT home game since the 1950s).

5. New Mexico: After a slow start, Lobos woke up with 48 points against South Dakota; New Mexico State won’t be big challenge.

6. Nevada: Barely beat Cal Poly, winning in OT. Next at Notre Dame, off frustrating loss. Wolf Pack will need a four-leaf clover to pull off the miracle.

7. San Jose State: Tulsa’s offense is good, but only 10 points on that D? Yikes. Spartans host FCS Top 25 Portland State from the Big Sky.

8. Colorado State: A few bad showings in the MW last week, but the Rams’ 37-point loss against Colorado was the most shocking. Playing Texas-San Antonio should get them on track.

9. UNLV: Rebels crushed Jackson State by 50, but now they get UCLA off loss to Texas A&M. Bruins beat Rebels 34-3 last year.

10. Wyoming: They waited three OTs and finished at 2:34 a.m., but Cowboys beat Northern Illinois. Won’t get win No. 2 this week at Nebraska.

11. Fresno State: Got routed at Nebraska, but give props for declining penalty after the Foltz/punting tribute. Should get first win Saturday at home against Sacramento State of the Big Sky.

12. Hawaii: They’ve traveled 19,000 miles to be 0-2 and give up 114 points. Alas, relief comes in the form of of the home opener against UT Martin.

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS

Conference

Overall

Mountain

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

Air Force

0

0

0

0

1

0

37

21

Boise St.

0

0

0

0

1

0

45

10

New Mexico

0

0

0

0

1

0

48

21

Utah St.

0

0

0

0

1

0

45

6

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

1

0

40

34

Colorado St.

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

44

Conference

Overall

West

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

Nevada

0

0

0

0

1

0

30

27

San Diego St.

0

0

0

0

1

0

31

0

UNLV

0

0

0

0

1

0

63

13

Fresno St.

0

0

0

0

0

1

10

43

San Jose St.

0

0

0

0

0

1

10

45

Hawaii

0

0

0

0

0

2

34

114

Thursday, Sept. 1

Utah St. 45, Weber St. 6

New Mexico 48, South Dakota 21

UNLV 63, Jackson St. 13

Friday, Sept. 2

Colorado 44, Colorado St. 7

Nevada 30, Cal Poly 27 (OT)

Saturday, Sept. 3

Michigan 63, Hawaii 3

Boise State 45, Louisiana 10

Air Force 37, Abilene Christian 21

Tulsa 45, San Jose State 10

Nebraska 43, Fresno State 10

San Diego State 31, New Hampshire 0

Wyoming 40, Northern Illinois 34 (3OT)

Saturday’s games

Wyoming at Nebraska, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)

Georgia State at Air Force, noon (TheMW.com)

Utah State at USC, noon (Pac-12)

Nevada at Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m. (NBC)

UTSA at Colorado State, 2 p.m. (TheMW.com)

Portland State at San Jose State, 2:30 p.m.

New Mexico at New Mexico State, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

UNLV at UCLA, 6 p.m. (Pac-12)

Sacramento State at Fresno State, 8 p.m.

Washington State at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

California at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

UT Martin at Hawaii, 10 p.m.

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