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San Diego State tops first Mountain West power poll

San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) warms up before the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Fort Collins, Colo.
San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) warms up before the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Fort Collins, Colo. Associated Press file

1. San Diego State: MW champs have nation’s second-longest winning streak (10). Make it 11 after New Hampshire.

2. Boise State: Offense should be explosive; if defense can handle losses, this could be a big season.

3. Air Force: Falcons have talent on both sides of the ball and will vie for division title, especially with BSU at home.

4. Utah State: Strong running attack will lead potentially prolific offense, which scored 45 in opener vs. Weber State, but defense lost a lot.

5. New Mexico: Defense returns 10 starters and offense will be tough (48 points in opener vs. South Dakota), as always. Division darkhorse?

6. Nevada: James Butler is a great running back, but Wolf Pack graduated six from defensive front seven.

7. Colorado State: Rams have a strong offensive line, solid run game, but only three starters back on D. Friday’s loss to Colorado was embarrassing.

8. San Jose State: Beat one team with winning record last season; QB Kenny Potter is solid.

9. UNLV: Team is trending the right way (beat Jackson State 63-13 in opener), but can close losses turn into wins at historically bad program?

10. Fresno State: Bulldogs could be potent with steady QB play, but roster isn’t nearly as talented as in past. Opener at Nebraska is brutal.

11. Wyoming: Improvement will be slow, but Cowboys have experience and RB Brian Hill.

12. Hawaii: Rebuilding Warriors have tough early slate, already losing to Cal. Next up: at Michigan.

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS

Conference

Overall

Mountain

W

L

PF

PA

W

L

PF

PA

New Mexico

0

0

0

0

1

0

48

21

Utah St.

0

0

0

0

1

0

45

6

Air Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Boise St.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

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

UNLV

0

0

0

0

1

0

63

13

Fresno St.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Diego St.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Jose St.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hawaii

0

0

0

0

0

1

31

51

Friday, Aug. 26

California 51, Hawaii 31

Thursday’s games

Utah St. 45, Weber St. 6

New Mexico 48, South Dakota 21

UNLV 63, Jackson St. 13

Friday’s games

Colorado 44, Colorado St. 7

Nevada 30, Cal Poly 27 (OT)

Saturday’s games

Hawaii at Michigan, 10 a.m. (ESPN)

Boise St. at Louisiana, 10 a.m. (ESPN3)

Abilene Christian at Air Force, noon

San Jose St. at Tulsa, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

Fresno St. at Nebraska, 6 p.m. (Big Ten)

New Hampshire at San Diego St., 6:30 p.m.

N. Illinois at Wyoming, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

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