WAC Power Rankings - Week Ten

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 Ten.

This coming weekend in the Western Athletic Conference features one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season when Fresno State heads to Reno to face Nevada. A victory by Nevada will keep the Wolf Pack's hopes for a WAC title alive, and will also set-up a fantastic regular season finale when they will face Boise State. Having lost two of their past three games, some of the luster of Idaho's trip to Boise this weekend has come off. Check the bottom of the rankings as the cellar spot has a new tenant; one that wasn't expected prior to the start of the season.


WAC Power Ranking – Week 10

# 1: Boise State (9-0, 4-0 WAC) Last week #1. Defeated Louisiana Tech 45-35
Boise State keeps on winning, though certainly not as pretty as the voters would like. The only things that can keep them out of a BCS bowl are TCU winning out and the Nevada Wolf Pack..
Next up: vs Idaho

#2: Fresno State (6-3, 5-1 WAC) Last week #2. Defeated Idaho 31-21
The Bulldogs have to be concerned about their trip to Reno this weekend to face a Nevada team that is on a six game win streak. Fresno State's defense, which is the reason they are ranked ahead of Nevada, will face their biggest challenge of the season.
Next up: at Nevada

#3: Nevada (6-3, 5-0) Last week # 3. Defeated San Jose State 62-7
The Wolf Pack offense is scary good and the team is peaking at just the right moment with games against Fresno State and Boise State coming up in the next three weeks. If they get past Fresno State, don't be surprised if they shock Boise State.
Next up: vs Fresno State

#4: Idaho (7-3, 4-2 WAC) Last Week #4. Lost to Fresno State 31-21
No team in the WAC has improved more than the Vandals this season. Now they get to measure just how much further they have to go before they can be considered as serious contenders for a conference crown.
Next up: at Boise State

#5: Utah State (2-7, 1-4 WAC) Last week # 5. Lost to Hawaii 49-36
Aggies are absolutely salivating at the thought of playing San Jose State at home this weekend. Time to pad those offensive statistics.
Next up: vs San Jose State

#6: Louisiana Tech (3-6, 2-4 WAC) Last week #6. Lost to Boise State 45-35
The Bulldogs gave a very good account of themselves against Boise State, scoring 35 points and keeping the game's final outcome in doubt well into the fourth quarter.
Next up: at LSU

#7: Hawaii (3-6, 1-5 WAC) Last week #8. Defeated Utah State 49-36
The Warriors are teetering on elimination from bowl eligibility, but should keep their slim hopes alive for at least one more week, maybe two.
Next up: vs New Mexico State

#8: New Mexico State (3-6, 1-3 WAC) Last week # 9. Idle
The Aggies get two weeks to prepare for the trip to the Islands. It won't help, as there is no way their offense can even come close to matching Hawaii's.
Next up: at Hawaii

#9: San Jose State (1-7, 0-4 WAC) Last week # 7. Lost to Nevada 62-7
It's taken nine games, but the Spartans finally face an opponent with a losing record. Unfortunately the wheels have come off and the team is rumored to be in turmoil. They are playing only for pride, but it remains to be seen if they have any left.
Next up: at Utah State

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