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Mountain West power poll: San Diego State rolling, Boise State second

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey tries to turn upfield against California late in the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in San Diego. San Diego won 45-40.
San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey tries to turn upfield against California late in the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in San Diego. San Diego won 45-40. The Associated Press

1. San Diego State: The Aztecs are ranked for the first time since 1995 (No. 22 in AP). Donnel Pumphrey enters the week as the nation’s top rusher (599 yards) and their 13 straight wins is No. 2 in FBS. Next: Oct. 1 at South Alabama.

2. Boise State: It got a little more interesting than it should have with two late interceptions, but the Broncos’ 31-28 win over Washington State was another passed test. The offense has been solid and defense has eased some doubts.

3. Air Force: The Falcons’ 432.5 rushing yards per game are No. 1 in the nation. Air Force lost its only other visit to Utah State and is 3-5 off a bye under Troy Calhoun.

4. Utah State: Averaging 225 rushing yards per game, the Aggies should be a factor in the Mountain Division and will immediately try to show it Saturday against Air Force. The Aggies are 25-3 at home since 2011.

5. Nevada: Buffalo isn’t exactly a great measuring stick, but a 38-14 win over the Bulls last week was needed. They should compete Saturday at Purdue, and a road win at a Big Ten school would help them, and the Mountain West.

6. Colorado State: The Rams have improved each week, and seem to have settled on true freshman QB Collin Hill. They’ll try to find revenge against Minnesota (CSU lost in OT last year).

7. San Jose State: The Spartans scored 66 points in their lone win, albeit against a Big Sky school, and 27 points in their two losses, at times looking straight awful on offense. Iowa State is beatable, but who knows with this team.

8. Wyoming: With one more win, the Cowboys will exceed last year’s two-win season. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t happen Friday (a 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan).

9. New Mexico: The Lobos went from studs to duds in two weeks, losing to New Mexico State and Rutgers. The bye week is much needed.

10. UNLV: Back-to-back road losses by a combined 86-42 prove the Rebels have a ways to go, but luckily for them, they get Idaho at home.

11. Fresno State: It’s hard to think the Bulldogs will be much better this season, especially after getting blasted at Toledo 52-17 last week. Now, Tulsa comes into Bulldog Stadium with its high-powered offense.

12. Hawaii: The Warriors need a nap, and they get one this week. They’ve traveled to Australia, Michigan and Arizona, losing by 99 points. Gonna be a long year.

Dave Southorn

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS

Conference

Overall

Mountain

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

Air Force

0

0

0

0

2

0

85

35

Boise St.

0

0

0

0

2

0

76

38

Colorado St.

0

0

0

0

2

1

77

79

Utah St.

0

0

0

0

2

1

86

71

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

2

2

126

135

New Mexico

0

0

0

0

1

2

107

90

Conference

Overall

West

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

San Diego St.

0

0

0

0

3

0

108

68

Nevada

0

0

0

0

2

1

78

80

Fresno St.

0

0

0

0

1

2

58

98

San Jose St.

0

0

0

0

1

2

93

114

UNLV

0

0

0

0

1

2

105

99

Hawaii

0

0

0

0

1

3

103

197

Friday’s game

Eastern Michigan 27, Wyoming 24

Saturday’s games

Nevada at Purdue, 10 a.m. (ESPNews)

San Jose State at Iowa State, 10 a.m. (Fox SportsNet)

Colorado State at Minnesota, 10 a.m. (ESPNU)

Boise State at Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Tulsa at Fresno State, 2:30 p.m. (TheMW.com)

Idaho at UNLV, 7 p.m. (Twitter/TheMW.com)

Air Force at Utah State, 8:15 p.m. (ESNPU)

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