And now we can begin to separate the wheat from the chaff. With most team's non-conference schedules behind them, this coming weekend marks the first full slate of Western Athletic Conference games. Only Boise State, a team that stands alone anyway, faces a non-conference opponent. The rest of the conference will begin to duke it out amongst each other. After this weekend, we will begin to see which teams are for real, and which are simply pretenders. No more guessing which team is stronger because so-and-so beat yada dada da by X points, and so on. Yup. This weekend, teams will either have to put up, or shut up.
WAC Power Ranking – Week 5
# 1: Boise State (5-0) Last week #1. Defeated UC-Davis 34-16
Who's kidding who? Chris Petersen went easy on his alma mater UC-Davis. The No. 5 team in the nation should have won by more than 18 points over any FCS team.
Next up: at Tulsa (Wed. Oct 14)
#2 Idaho (4-1) Last week # 4. Defeated Colorado State 31-29
The best football in the WAC during the first four weeks of the season is coming from the State of Idaho. With their victory over a solid Colorado State team, the folks in Moscow are beginning to believe their team is for real. The players already believe it.
Next up: at San Jose State
#3: Fresno State (1-3) Last week #2. Did not play
Yes, the Bulldogs have only one win to show for their efforts thus far, But, when all is said and done, this team will finish second in the WAC.
Next up: at Hawaii
#4: Louisiana Tech (2-2) Last week #5. Defeated Hawaii 27-6
The Bulldogs gave a strong showing on national TV, keeping Hawaii out of the end zone for the first time in 62 games. Now they get to see if they can do it on the road, against a team that just put 63 points on the board.
Next up: at Nevada (on Friday Oct. 9)
#5: Hawaii (2-2) Last week #3. Lost to LaTech 27-6
Hawaii got literally run over by a well rested LaTech team, giving up whopping 352 yards. Now they get to face Ryan Mathews, who's averaging 148 yards per game. Oh, and the Warriors quarterback, Greg Alexander, is out.
Next up: vs Fresno State
#6: Nevada (1-3) Last week # 8. Defeated UNLV 63-28
Somebody found the Wolf Pack offense, which was MIA for most of the season thus far. If somebody finds their pass defense, Chris Ault might have something.
Next up: vs Louisiana Tech (on Friday Oct. 9)
#7: Utah State (1-3) Last week # 6. Lost to BYU 35-17
There was a time, not long ago, when a game against BYU meant a 40 point loss. The 18 point loss to the Cougars on Friday was a clear sign that progress is being made.
Next up: at New Mexico State
#8: San Jose State (1-3) Last week # 7. Did not play
Folks in San Jose are really nervous about the Spartan's game with the surprisingly strong Idaho Vandals. Some are re-thinking the decision to make this game Homecoming weekend. Dick Tomey says he has a good team, he just can't prove it. Now would be a good time to start.
Next up: vs Idaho
#9: New Mexico State (2-3) Last week # 9. Lost to San Diego State 34-17
And so ends the Aggies two game win streak. It was nice while it lasted. This weekend may be their last legit shot at another victory this season.
Next up: vs Utah State
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