WAC Power Rankings - Week Six

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 Six.

The WAC race is now beginning to sort itself out in the shape that was expected before the season started. Boise State is still king, while both Fresno State and Nevada have begun to flex their muscles with dominating wins over the weekend. Only the surprising Idaho Vandals and an opportunistic New Mexico State squad have refused to follow the preseason script. With a 2-0 record, Coach Robb Akey's Idaho team is currently in sole possession of first place in the WAC; and they've yet to play a conference game at home. New Mexico State is an unexpected 3-3, but their victories have come via FCS Prairie View, winless New Mexico, and 1-5 Utah State. This coming week features perhaps Boise State's last major hurdle to a BCS bowl game, then the Broncos travel to Tulsa.

WAC Power Ranking – Week 6

# 1: Boise State (5-0, 1-0 WAC) Last week #1. Did not play
Head Coach Chris Petersen went easy on his alma mater UC-Davis in Week 5, and the Broncos dropped from the No.5 spot to No.6 in the national rankings. Look for Coach Pete to not be so nice from this point forward. If he has the chance to run up the score on national TV this week, he most certainly will.
Next up: at Tulsa (Wed. Oct 14)

#2: Fresno State (2-3, 1-1 WAC) Last week #3. Defeated Hawaii 42-17
Let it be said, here and now, the Fresno State Bulldogs will not lose another conference game this season.
Next up: vs San Jose State

#3: Idaho (5-1, 2-0 WAC) Last week # 2. Defeated San Jose State 29-25
The Vandals' dream season continues for a bit longer. However, a lack of ability to defend the pass will be their undoing in their bid for the WAC title.
Next up: vs Hawaii

#4: Nevada (2-3, 1-0) Last week # 6. Defeated LaTech 37-14
Funny how, as soon as Nevada starts playing conference games, the Pistol Offense looks nearly unstoppable. If I didn't know better, I'd say Nevada coach Chris Ault planned it that way.
Next up: at Utah State

#5: Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1 WAC) Last week #4. Lost to Nevada 37-14
By all accounts, Bulldog's quarterback Ross Jenkins should have put up decent numbers against Nevada's defense. Instead, the Wolf Pack exposed LaTech's Achilles Heel, a poor passing offense, in front of a national audience.
Next up: vs New Mexico State

#6: Hawaii (2-3, 0-2 WAC) Last week #5. Lost to Fresno State 42-17
The Warriors scored a couple of cosmetic touchdowns in the 4th quarter against Fresno State to hide how truly bad that game was. This team is falling fast.
Next up: at Idaho

#7: San Jose State (1-4, 0-1 WAC) Last week # 8. Lost to Idaho 29-25
In their best game of the season, the Spartans nearly brought Idaho back to reality. But, the reality is Dick Tomey's team is 1-4, with trips to Fresno and Boise next on the schedule.
Next up: at Fresno State

#8: New Mexico State (3-3, 1-1 WAC) Last week # 9. Defeated Utah State 20-17
Alright already. I've been bashing New Mexico State all season, and now they're at .500. I'm willing to concede that they just might not be the worst team in the WAC. But not by much.
Next up: at Louisiana Tech

#9: Utah State (1-4, 0-1 WAC) Last week # 7. Lost to New Mexico State 20-17
Looking at the box score of the Aggies game in Las Cruces, one has to wonder how the heck they lost to New Mexico State. But, that's exactly what they did. That will earn any team the coveted bottom spot..
Next up: vs Nevada

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