There's always good and bad in every situation. Life is filled with ying and yang; ebb and flow; light and dark. The glass can be half full or half empty. Thus it is with college football teams. For those teams that are having great success, there is always some aspect to the season that brings an ever-so-small dark cloud into the sunny picture. For those teams that are experiencing less than memorable seasons, there is always some glimpse of a silver lining. Even the most jaded fan needs to find something good to point to, if only in an attempt to put some semblance of a positive spin on a dire situation. With that, I attempt to find both the good and the bad for each WAC team in this week's rankings.
WAC Power Ranking – Week 8
No. 1: Nevada (5-3, 3-0 WAC) Last week No. 1: Defeated New Mexico State 48-34
The good? Nevada has sole possession of 1st place and the WAC's longest win streak at four games. Three of their final four games are at home, where they've won the last 14 games. The bad? Injuries have hit the Wolf Pack hard; including defensive lineman Jack Reynoso, out for the year with a broken leg.
Next up: Bye, then vs Hawaii
No. 2: Hawaii (5-3, 3-1 WAC) Last week No. 2: Defeated Idaho 16-14
The good? The Warriors, who are 1-3 on the road this year, and 9-13 on the road in the McMackin era, only have one road game remaining. The bad? Its against top seeded Nevada, with the home team in that series winning last thireen games.
Next up: vs Utah State
No. 3: Louisiana Tech (4-3, 3-1 WAC) Last Week No. 5: Defeated San Jose State 38-28
The good? With their victory over San Jose State, the Bulldogs find themselves with a 3-1 conference record and still in contention for a share of the WAC crown. The bad? They still must travel to Fresno and Reno, which sandwich a non-conference visit to Ole Miss.
Next up: at Fresno State
No. 4: Fresno State (3-5, 2-1 WAC) Last week No. 4:. Idle
The good? Fresno State has had the luxury of a week off before their critical game against Louisiana Tech, which also happens to be at home. The bad? After LaTech, three of their last four games are on the road, and the Bulldogs can only afford one loss between now and the end of the season.
Next up: vs Louisiana Tech
No. 5: San Jose State (3-5, 2-2 WAC) Last week No. 3: Lost to Louisiana Tech 38-28
The good? Despite their loss to Louisiana Tech, which knocked them out of the race for a WAC championship, the Spartans still have a chance to be bowl eligible for the first time since the 2008 season. The bad? Coach Mike MacIntyre's team has more turnovers that Pillsbury; giving up the ball for a nation-leading 26 times.
Next up: vs Idaho
No. 6: New Mexico State (3-5, 1-3 WAC) Last week No. 6: Lost to Nevada 48-34.
The good? New Mexico State continues to play a competitive brand of football, with their offense averaging over 28 points a game. The bad? The defense is giving up an average of 32.5 points a game. The Aggies will probably only be favored in one of the final five games.
Next up: at Georgia
No. 7: Utah State (2-5, 0-2 WAC) Last week No. 7: Idle
The good? Despite the 4th quarter nightmares that have plagued the Aggies throughout this season, Head Coach Gary Anderson's team is still mathematically alive for a bowl spot. The bad? They need to win four of the last five games, and the first game is at Hawaii, a place they haven't won since 1966.
Next up: at Hawaii
No. 8: Idaho (1-7, 0-4 WAC) Last week No. 8: Lost to Hawaii 16-14
The good? Coach Robb Akey's defense has been a bright spot, holding Hawaii to their lowest point total of the season last week. The bad? The Vandals six game losing streak officially eliminated them from any possibility of a bowl game this season.
Next up: at San Jose State
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