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Mountain West power poll: San Diego State, Boise State; bowl projections

San Diego State football coach Rocky Long is all smiles because his Aztecs are one spot ahead of Boise State in the Idaho Statesman Mountain West power poll.
San Diego State football coach Rocky Long is all smiles because his Aztecs are one spot ahead of Boise State in the Idaho Statesman Mountain West power poll. The Associated Press

1. San Diego State: The Aztecs have won their past four by an average of 38 points per game and have 17 straight wins over MW teams. Winning at Wyoming helps SDSU, and Boise State.

2. Boise State: Coming off possibly their best effort of the season, the Broncos have some momentum against a UNLV team that has plenty of it, too. BSU has won six straight against West Division teams.

3. Wyoming: Teams that beat Boise State went a combined 3-10 afterward last season. The Cowboys are 1-1 since Oct. 29. A loss to San Diego State puts Boise State in the division lead.

4. New Mexico: The ending of the Lobos’ game against Utah State was wild, and it was good enough for a fifth straight win. Eyeing its first eight-win season since 2007, UNM has lost six straight to CSU.

5. Air Force: Quietly, the Falcons have won three in a row after losing three straight. Backup QB Arion Worthman has been a spark, running for 308 yards during the streak. SJSU’s rush D is in for a long day.

6. Colorado State: The Rams were on the wrong side of a shootout against Air Force and have two tough games remaining (vs. New Mexico, at San Diego State) if they want to go bowling again.

7. UNLV: The Rebels are showing some improvement, and with their ability to run the football, a bowl game in 2017 is very possible.

8. Hawaii: Back-to-back games against SDSU and BSU is tough, and the Warriors lost a combined 107-16. There’s a good shot at getting back on track against Fresno State, which has won past five in series.

9. Utah State: The Aggies have lost six of seven (three by a TD or less) and will miss a bowl for the first time since 2010. RB Devante Mays’ injury has left offense without a playmaker.

10. Nevada: The Wolf Pack have the nation’s worst rush defense, at 299 yards per game allowed. With 21 seniors departing, will next year be a rebuild, or can Nevada rebound?

11. San Jose State: A bye makes little difference in a lost season for the Spartans, who could be playing for coach Ron Caragher’s job. Air Force probably won’t help that cause.

12. Fresno State: As expected, Jeff Tedford, former Bulldogs player and Cal coach, will take over next season. Getting him now helps, and there are some pieces that won’t make it a total rebuild.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS

Conference

Overall

Mountain

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

Wyoming

5

1

263

202

7

3

389

337

Boise St.

5

1

223

131

9

1

365

220

New Mexico

5

1

201

198

7

3

367

305

Air Force

3

3

200

201

7

3

344

262

Colorado St.

3

3

196

162

5

5

297

272

Utah St.

1

6

154

215

3

7

240

286

Conference

Overall

West

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

San Diego St.

6

0

226

42

9

1

368

152

UNLV

3

3

209

222

4

6

344

354

Hawaii

3

4

181

237

4

7

284

434

San Jose St.

2

4

136

203

3

7

239

361

Nevada

1

5

130

197

3

7

222

301

Fresno St.

0

6

86

195

1

9

185

341

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

UNLV 69, Wyoming 66 (3OT)

Boise State 52, Hawaii 16

New Mexico 24, Utah State 21

Air Force 49, Air Force 46

San Diego State 46, Nevada 16

FRIDAY’S GAME

UNLV at Boise State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

SATURDAY’S GAMES

San Diego State at Wyoming, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Utah State at Nevada, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Hawaii at Fresno State, 5 p.m.

New Mexico at Colorado State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Air Force at San Jose State, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

IDAHO STATESMAN BOWL PROJECTIONS

▪ New Mexico (Dec. 17): New Mexico vs. Southern Miss

▪ Las Vegas (Dec. 17): Boise State vs. Arizona State

▪ Poinsettia (Dec. 21): Wyoming vs. BYU

▪ Famous Idaho Potato (Dec. 22): Colorado State vs. Eastern Michigan

▪ Hawaii (Dec. 24): Hawaii vs. Texas-San Antonio

▪ Arizona (Dec. 30): Air Force vs. Idaho

▪ Cotton (Jan. 1): San Diego State vs. Penn State

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