WAC Power Ranking - Week One

As a weekly feature on Inside Sparta this season, Senior Editor Mike Morgan ranks the Western Athletic Conference from top to bottom. Here's how he sees it after Week One.

I'm one of those folks that thinks that the strengths, merits, and weaknesses of college football teams can't truly be measured until at least three games have been played. But I'm also smart enough to know that it ain't any fun to wait around three weeks before folks start anointing kings or kicking schools when they're down. How does one compare a 50 point road loss to a Top 5 team by one school with an ugly, marginal home victory against an Football Bowl Subdivision foe by another school? The answer is you can't. But, doggonit, that's exactly what I'm going to go ahead an do. So, without further adieu, here are my Western Athletic Conference Power Rankings after Week One:

WAC Power Ranking – Week One

No. 1: Boise State (1-0) Defeated Oregon 19-7
The knuckle sandwich that Oregon's LaGarrette Blount served up to the taunting Byron Hout was the only real fight the Ducks showed all night. Boise State's defense is, how you say, scary good.
Next up: Miami of Ohio

No. 2: Fresno State (1-0) Defeated UC-Davis 51-0
Head Coach Pat Hill just dropped the temperature of the ol' Hot Seat by 10 degrees. The game against UC-Davis was not as close as the score would indicate. Bulldog defense may be the most improved unit in the WAC.
Next up: at Wisconsin

No. 3: Louisiana Tech (0-1) Lost @ Auburn 37-13
Can a 24 point loss be respectable? Yes. LaTech was only down 13-10 at the half, and won the overall time of possession battle. They committed only three penalties and had 19 first downs. San Jose State and Nevada would have loved to have lost like that.
Next up: at Navy

No. 4: Hawaii (1-0) Defeated Central Arkansas 25-20
Warriors didn't win any beauty prizes in having to come from behind against FBS Central Arkansas; and at home no less. Hawaii committed four turnovers, had nearly seven fewer minutes in possession time, and, outside of QB Greg Alexander, managed to run for only 39 total yards.
Next up: at Washington State

No. 5: Nevada (0-1) Lost at Notre Dame 35-0
The loud thud that was heard throughout Northern Indiana on Saturday was the sound of Coach Chris Ault's team laying the biggest egg of the weekend. Many pegged this game as a potential upset and coming out party for Nevada. Instead, the Pistol offense had no fire power and Nevada's pass defense was scary bad.
Next up: bye, then at Colorado State

No. 6: Utah State (0-1) Lost at Utah 35-17
Who's kidding who? Without the Aggies' running back Robert Turbin's 91-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, this game looks much, much worse than it does. Utah State was 0-12 on 3rd downs and gave up over 500 total yards
Next up: bye, then at Texas A&M

No. 7: San Jose State (0-1) Lost to USC 56-3
Spartans discovered they can hang with the likes of USC for one quarter. But, oooh, that second quarter is a lulu. The third and fourth quarters weren't much to write home about either. Overall team depth and defensive secondary are major concerns. Next up: Utah

No. 8 Idaho (1-0) Defeated New Mexico State 21-6
The first place Vandals (did I just write that?) probably aren't getting too excited, as they have beaten NMSU five of the last six times. Still, a win on the road is something to build on. Vandals only had eight more total yards than the Aggies.
Next up: at Washington

No. 9: New Mexico State (0-1) Lost to Idaho 21-6
After losing the home opener to Idaho, Aggies fans could be heard muttering "Thank Gawd we play Prairie View A&M this season!", as that may be their only decent chance for a victory in 2009.
Next up: Prairie View A&M

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