Friday, January 25, 2013
Conference Power Rankings: MWC
By Andy Katz
The Mountain West continues to produce high-quality games on a weekly basis.
To the rankings:
1. New Mexico. The Lobos are the last remaining undefeated team in the Mountain West. UNM has struggled at times on the road but did win at Boise State in overtime. The schedule is difficult, with road trips still to come at the toughest stops in the league.
2. UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels have yet to go on a run this season. They looked solid in a victory over Wyoming on Thursday but stumbled at Colorado State earlier in the week. The potential of UNLV is still higher than that of any other team in the league.
3. Colorado State. The Rams had a massive comeback at New Mexico before losing, but did take care of UNLV. This Rams squad has the look of an NCAA tournament team, even if the résumé doesn't scream "NCAA bid" yet.
4. San Diego State. The Aztecs have dealt with injuries, notably to point guard Xavier Thames. San Diego State has been offensively challenged so far this season outside of Jamaal Franklin. There is still plenty of time to rectify that.
5. Boise State. The Broncos hit a bit of a skid, but I'm still confident this team will be right there for an NCAA bid. The overtime loss to New Mexico hurt.
6. Wyoming. The Pokes beat San Diego State at home and locked in on the Aztecs defensively as well as any team has against Steve Fisher. They put up a decent fight at UNLV. This team isn't through, and will be in the mix for a bid in late February.
7. Air Force. I love the fight in this crew. It overachieves and is in the thick of each game, save for one blowout. The Falcons will be a tough out throughout the season.
8. Nevada. The Wolf Pack are still underachieving and should have been higher in these rankings.
9. Fresno State. The Bulldogs moved back a notch after losing to Nevada. This is a young team still finding itself.