As for the rankings, Boise State holds the edge with five of the first-place votes but then they take a big dip with votes spread between second and fourth.
The top four are very close and there is a tie for third place with San Jose State and Air Force each claiming the third spot. From the teams tied at third to the top, the difference is just 19 points, with four separating from second to first.
12. Nevada (LW: 12, 15 points)
Ken Wilson’s year has just been tough. They and Hawaii are very similar with this being a long rebuild.
11. Hawaii (LW: 9, 20 points)
Read Nevada’s portion but replace Ken Wilson for Timmy Chang
10. New Mexico (LW: 11, 24 points)
The defense is still a solid unit. The Lobos just need to find a quarterback.
10. Colorado State (LW: 10, 33 points)
They hung around with San Jose State and have a legit receiver in Tory Horton who is getting national attention.
8. UNLV (LW: 8, 52 points)
Getting Doug Brumfield back was a huge boost. He looked a bit rusty against San Diego Stae, but the Rebels were extremely close to getting the upset.
7. Utah State (LW: 7, 55 points)
QB Cooper Legas makes a huge difference and his first touchdown strike vs. New Mexico set the tone. Hard to take a ton away in a rain-soaked game, but the defense did a great job, including a scoop-and-score to seal the win.
6. San Diego State (LW: 6, 70 points)
They held off the Rebels and their quarterback play is solidifying itself. Not sure the last time I would have said that about the Aztecs.
5. Wyoming (LW: 5, 83 points)
A much needed bye week to see if they can get some players healthy.
3. San Jose State (LW: 3, 2 first-place vote, 91)
The Spartans seem to let bad teams hang around which could be a bad sign and could lead to a potential slip up.
3. Air Force (LW: 2, 1 first-place vote, 91)
Winning the Commander-In-Chief is amazing and who cares if it was a low-defensive type of game against Army. These Cadets just wanted to reclaim the prestigious trophy over their rivals of Army and Navy.
2. Fresno State (LW: 4, 2 first-place vote, 106)
This team being fully healthy is a site to see. They did what good teams do and crushed Hawaii, our staff likely wants to see it again if the Bulldogs are to earn more first-place votes.
1. Boise State (LW: 1, 5 first-place vote, 110 points)
Hanging onto the lead despite a close loss to rival BYU. The ground game took a surprising hit against a porous BYU rushing defense.