WAC Power Rankings - Week Four

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 Four.

With two teams idle in Week 4, a major shake up in the WAC Power Rankings was not in the cards this past weekend. Still, one team has begun to open a few eyes, and jumped up a spot thanks to an impressive road non-conference victory. The Broncos are still the biggest, meanest fish in the WAC pond, without a serious challenger in sight. What appears to be different in the WAC this season is how much more competitive the rest of conference is as a whole. Even the perennial bottom-feeders are winning non-conference road games. While it is likely Boise State's WAC schedule won't provide much intrigue, the rest of the conference games should be very entertaining.

WAC Power Ranking – Week 4

# 1: Boise State (4-0) Last week #1. Defeated Bowling Green 49-14
Sooner or later Bronco's head coach Chris Petersen is going to leave Boise State and cite the shear boredom of continually beating up on fellow mid-major programs as the reason..
Next up: UC-Davis

#2: Fresno State (1-3) Last week #2. Lost to Cincinnati 28-20
Bulldogs have lost three straight games to teams with a combined record of 12-0. Two of those teams are in the AP Top 10, and the third is near the Top 25. It's safe to say that Fresno State is the best 1-3 team in the country. They get the benefit of the doubt here, but need to start producing soon.
Next up: bye, then at Hawaii

#3: Hawaii (2-1) Last week #3. Did not play
Hawaii will make the longest conference road trip in the nation when they travel to Ruston, Louisiana, where they are 2-1, but both victories were by narrow margins.
Next up: at Louisiana Tech (on Wednesday Sept. 30)

#4 Idaho (3-1) Last week # 5. Defeated Northern Illinois 34-31
OK, OK. The time has come to start taking the 2009 Idaho Vandals seriously. Sort of. Idaho has yet to beat a team with a winning record. They get a shot at achieving that this weekend.
Next up: Colorado State

#5: Louisiana Tech (1-2) Last week #4. Did not play
If a team wants to win in Ruston, they best have a good team. In the Derek Dooley era, LaTech is 9-3 at home, with all three losses against bowl teams.
Next up: Hawaii (on Wednesday Sept. 30)

#6: Utah State (1-2) Last week # 6. Defeated Southern Utah 53-34
Aggies travel to Provo, Utah to face BYU who have won the last nine meetings, and 19 of the past 20. Utah State hasn't won in Provo since 1978, and they won't break that streak this year.
Next up: at Brigham Young

#7: San Jose State (1-3) Last week # 7. Defeated Cal Poly 19-9
Spartans' running game was found to have a pulse thanks to Lamon Muldrow. Ugly win over Cal Poly was only good enough to keep the Spartans from slipping further in the rankings.
Next up: bye; then Idaho

#8: Nevada (0-3) Last week # 8. Lost to Missouri 31-21
Does any head coach yell at his quarterback more than Nevada's Chris Ault does at Colin Kaepernick? Poor Kaep has been dressed down more often than a bench warmer on a Bobby Knight coached team.
Next up: UNLV

#9: New Mexico State (2-2) Last week # 9. Defeated New Mexico 20-17
Aggies current win streak is at two, thanks to come from behind victory over winless rival New Mexico. However, the voters are not impressed..
Next up: San Diego State

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