With Boise State now in the Mountain West Conference, and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick playing for the San Francisco 49ers, this is the most competitive the WAC has been in over 10 years. For the first time in a long time, one gets the feeling that anybody can beat any other WAC team on a given weekend. After a long hiatus on my part, here's how a see the WAC thus far.
WAC Power Ranking – Week 6
# 1: Hawaii (3-2, 1-0 WAC) Last week: Idle
The Warriors are the highest rated WAC team nationally in both Total Offense (26th) and total Defense (27th) and can claim perhaps the conference top offensive player in QB Bryant Moniz. Their loss to an awful UNLV team in Week 3 gives hope to the rest of the WAC that they can be beaten.
Next up: at San Jose State (Friday Oct. 14)
#2: Nevada (2-3, 1-0 WAC) Last week: Defeated UNLV 37-0
With a brutal non-conference schedule that included Oregon, Boise State, and Texas Tech now nearly behind them, the improving Wolf Pack look ahead to their final OOC contest before resuming WAC play.
Next up: vs New Mexico
#3: Utah State (2-3, 0-0 WAC) Last week: Defeated Wyoming 63-19
Despite racking up 63 points in their victory over Wyoming last week, and boasting the WAC's best run game, it's the Aggies defense (29th nationally) that is the biggest surprise.
Next up: at Fresno State
#4: Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1 WAC) Last Week: Defeated Idaho 24-11
With their win over Idaho last weekend, the Bulldogs ended a three-game losing streak, filled with heartbreak. This week's game at Utah State is perhaps their most critical game of the season.
Next up: Bye, then at Utah State
#5: San Jose State (2-4, 1-1 WAC) Last week:. Lost to BYU 26-13
After an opening season thrashing at the hands of Top 10 rated Stanford, the Spartans have been competitive in every game. That's got the fan base excited and cautiously optimistic.
Next up: vs Hawaii (Friday Oct. 14)
#6: Fresno State (2-4, 1-0 WAC) Last week:. Lost to Boise State 57-7
Being outscored by Boise State the past two seasons 108-7 is one thing. What's even more ominous is that, since 2006, the Bulldogs have only amassed a 3-16 record against teams that will be in the Mountain West Conference with them next season. Head Coach Pat Hill is going to have to pull a miracle in order to save his job.
Next up: bye, then vs Utah State
#7: New Mexico State (2-3, 0-1 WAC) Last week: Idle
The Aggies have the second highest rated offense in the WAC (No. 43 nationally). But, oh, that defense.
Next up: vs Idaho
#8: Idaho (1-5, 0-2 WAC) Last week: Lost to Louisiana Tech 24-11.
With only two home games remaining on the schedule, the table is anything but set for the Vandals.
Next up: at New Mexcio State
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