Question, question, questions. Every college football team has questions. Unfortunately, not all of them have answers. That's not the case for the Western Athletic Conference. Oh, there are indeed questions. There are questions aplenty for each and every WAC team. But, fortunately, I have the answers. Are the answers correct? Time will tell. But, I'll stand by them; at least until next week.
WAC Power Ranking – Week 8
No. 1: Nevada (4-3, 2-0 WAC) Last week No. 1: Defeated Fresno State 45-38
Have the Wolf Pack found their future quarterback in Cody Fajardo?. Absolutely. The redshirt freshman from Anaheim is reminding folks in Reno of the last freshman quarterback to start for Nevada, Colin Kaepernick.
Next up: at New Mexico State
No. 2: Hawai'i (4-3, 2-1 WAC) Last week No. 2: Defeated New Mexico State 45-34
Is Bryant Moniz the best offensive player in the WAC? Yes. The senior quarterback has thrown for 19 touchdowns, against only four interceptions, and has run for three more scores. Curiously, despite being a native of Oahu, Hawai'i fans have not embraced him as they did California native Colt Brennan.
Next up: at Idaho
No. 3: San Jose State (3-4, 2-1 WAC) Last week No. 3:. Idle
Are the Spartans for real? Maybe. The upcoming game at Louisiana Tech will go a long way in answering that question. The Spartans will be rested and will probably have come down from their post-Hawai'i victory high. SJSU has lost their last four games in Ruston, and haven't won there since 1994. So, a victory there will be a major milestone.
Next up: at Louisiana Tech
No. 4: Fresno State (3-5, 2-1 WAC) Last week No. 4:. Lost to Nevada 45-38
Will Fresno State play in a bowl game this year? No. Realistically, the Valley Boys need to win four of their last five remaining games, which will be a tall order with trips to Hawaii and San Diego State on the menu. Games against Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, and San Jose State may not be a walk in the park either.
Next up: Bye, then vs Louisiana Tech
No. 5: Louisiana Tech (3-3, 2-1 WAC) Last Week No. 5: Defeated Utah State 24-17
Has the Nick Isham experiment come to an end? Yes. Head Coach Sonny Dykes benched the freshman quarterback in favor of Colby Cameron, who then led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive road victory. Louisiana Tech is still in the hunt for a share of the WAC crown, so look for Dykes to go with the hot hand.
Next up: vs San Jose State
No. 6: New Mexico State (3-4, 1-2 WAC) Last week No. 7: Lost to Hawaii 45-34
Can a team lose and still move up in the conference power rankings? Yes, if the team that was in front of them the previous week was Utah State. NMSU played well in their loss at Hawaii, so they receive bonus points for that effort.
Next up: vs Nevada
No. 8: Utah State (2-5, 0-2 WAC) Last week No. 7: Louisiana Tech 24-17
Can Utah State finish a game? Apparently not. For the sixth time this season the Aggies lost a game in which they led in the 4th quarter. Head Coach Gary Anderson's job is probably safe. The same cannot be said for his strength & conditioning trainer (assuming there is one on the staff.
Next up: Bye, then at Hawai'i
No. 8: Idaho (1-6, 0-3 WAC) Last week No. 8: Idle
Will the Vandals end their (currently six game) losing streak this season? Yes. But, only if they're game against Utah State is close during the 4th quarter.
Next up: vs Hawai'i
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