WAC Power Rankings - Week Three

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 Three.

After three weeks, things are beginning to settle down in the WAC, and some teams are right about where most folks thought they'd be. Some, however, are nowhere near their expected pre-season spots. Boise State at the top and New Mexico State at the bottom give the WAC a, sort of, sense of normalcy and balance. Wedged between those spots, however, there seems to be something amiss. One team, expected to be number two behind Boise State finds themselves number two from the bottom. Only three WAC teams have winning records, and Idaho is one of them. In fact, Idaho recorded the only non-conference victory over an FBS school this past weekend. The Boise State – Fresno State game last Friday brought back memories of the old Wacky WAC days when offense was king and defense was something you just didn't bring up at the dinner table.

WAC Power Ranking – Week 3

No. 1: Boise State (3-0) Last week No. 1. Defeated Fresno State 51-34
Big win in Fresno on Friday, but, uh-oh, giving up 300 yards on the ground is not a good sign, Broncos haven't forgotten how to close out games in the fourth quarter. Beware of trap games at Bowling Green and Tulsa.
Next up: at Bowling Green

No. 2: Fresno State (1-2) Last week No. 2. Lost to Boise State 51-34
The Pat Hill dissenters are now re-emerging as the Bulldogs have lost to Boise State seven of the last eight meetings. But hey, at least Fresno State has beaten Boise State, once in WAC play, which is more than what most WAC teams can claim.
Next up: at Cincinnati

No. 3: Hawaii (2-1) Last week No. 3. Lost at UNLV 34-33
Warriors gave up a last minute touchdown to UNLV to ruin and outstanding performance by their quarterback Greg Alexander. Next week's (midweek) contest at Louisiana Tech is a key game for Hawaii's WAC hopes.
Next up: @ Louisiana Tech (on Wednesday Sept. 30)

No. 4: Louisiana Tech (1-2) Last week No. 4. Defeated Nicholls State 48-13
Eastern Bulldogs didn't mess around with FCS division Nicholls State. Extra half week to prepare for Hawaii offense should help their chances at home against the Warriors.
Next up: Hawaii (on Wednesday Sept. 30)

No. 5 Idaho (2-1) Last week No. 8. Defeated San Diego State 34-20
The diehard Vandals fans in Moscow, ID (all 10K of them) are pinching themselves. Has Head Coach Robb Akey really turned things around, or is San Diego State really that bad?
Next up: at Northern Illinois

No. 6: Utah State (0-2) Last week No. 7. Lost at Texas A&M 38-30
If there is such a thing in college football as a good looking loss, then the Aggies 38-30 defeat at Texas A&M was it. Offensive trio of Borel, Turbin and Morrison might be one of the best in the WAC.
Next up: Southern Utah

No. 7: San Jose State (0-3) Last week No. 6. Lost at Stanford 42-17
Where-oh-where has Dick Tomey's defense gone? Probably to the same place as the Spartans' running game. Somebody needs to light a fire on this team.
Next up: Cal Poly

No. 8: Nevada (0-2) Last week No. 5. Lost at Colorado State 35-20
As bad as San Jose State is playing, they at least score some points. It took 92 minutes and 52 seconds, more than six quarters, for Nevada to score their first points of the season. They finally get a home game this weekend, but look who's coming.
Next up: Missouri

No. 9: New Mexico State (1-2) Last week No. 9. Lost to UTEP 38-12
The Aggies ended one losing streak two weeks ago against Prairie View A&M and started a new one with their home loss to rival UTEP on Saturday.
Next up: at New Mexico

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