WAC Power Rankings - Week Eight

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 Eight.

WAC teams on the rise this week include Nevada and Utah State. Teams on the decline are Louisiana Tech and Hawaii. Decline may be too kind a word for Hawaii. The Warriors have fallen so far from their 2007 BCS season that some fans are comparing Coach Greg McMackin to Fred VonAppen. Just when the Idaho Vandals' fans start to truly get excited about their team, the Nevada Wolf Pack come to town and dish out a steaming hot plate of reality (the reality being that Idaho's defense just isn't ready for prime time). Perhaps the most anticipated match up of the season will occur on November 14th, when Nevada's Colin Kaepernick faces off against Fresno State, led by Ryan Mathews. That game may decide the winner of the WAC Offensive Player of the Year award.

WAC Power Ranking – Week 8

# 1: Boise State (7-0, 2-0 WAC) Last week #1. Defeated Hawaii 54-9
Despite the licking the Broncos laid on Hawaii, they dropped three spots in the BCS standings, moving from #4 to #7. Fear not. With four of their last six games on the "The Blue", a BCS bowl in easily obtainable. The Oregon Ducks may decide just how high Boise State finishes.
Next up: vs San Jose State

#2: Fresno State (4-3, 3-1 WAC) Last week #2. Defeated New Mexico State 34-3
Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews is on pace to run for nearly 2000 yards this season, with Utah State being the toughest defense the Bulldogs will face in the final stretch.
Next up: vs Utah State

#3: Nevada (4-3, 3-0) Last week # 4. Defeated Idaho 70-45
The Nevada Wolf Pack let the Vandals know that they still have a ways to go before they can play with the WAC big boys.
Next up: vs Hawaii

#4: Idaho (6-2, 3-1 WAC) Last week # 3. Lost to Nevada 70-45
Ouch! Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick sliced through a suspect Vandal defense like a knife through soft butter. Hold the phone! I think Kap just scored again.
Next up: vs Louisiana Tech

#5: Utah State (2-5, 1-2 WAC) Last week # 8. Defeated Louisiana Tech 23-21
By hanging on for the win last Saturday, Coach Gary Anderson did something no Aggies coach had done since 1994, defeat LaTech. This team can score and play a little defense.
Next up: at Fresno State

#6: Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-2 WAC) Last week #5. Lost to Utah State 23-21
The Jekyll & Hyde Bulldogs are winless on the road this season, with trips to Moscow, ID, Baton Rouge, and Fresno remaining. They won't be favored in another game until the season finale.
Next up: at Idaho

#7: San Jose State (1-5, 0-2 WAC) Last week # 7. Did not play
Going back to last season, the Spartans have lost eight straight games to FBS teams. Make that nine, as this week they travel to Boise State, a team that they've never defeated in nine tries.
Next up: at Boise State

#8: New Mexico State (3-5, 1-3 WAC) Last week # 9. Lost to Fresno State 34-3
The Aggies managed only 45 yards passing in their home loss to Fresno State. NMSU quarterbacks have combined for four touchdown passes against 11 interceptions, and a pass rating of only 84.5.Where's Hal Mumme when you need him?
Next up: at Ohio State

#9: Hawaii (2-5, 0-4 WAC) Last week #6. Lost to Boise State 54-9
Hawaii just might be in full meltdown mode. After starting the season 2-0, the Warriors have dropped their last five games, which is their longest losing streak since a 19 game winless streak that lasted from mid-1997 until early 1999.
Next up: at Nevada

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