Mountain West Power Rankings after week 12

MOUNTAIN WEST POWER RANKINGS

1. BOISE STATE BRONCOS (1)

The Broncos (8-3, 7-0) host Fresno State in the MW Championship game after knocking out the Pokes during a wild finish at War Memorial Stadium. The Tulane-Cincinnati winner is likely to win the Group of Five for a New Year’s Six Bowl game due to the struggles at Boise State earlier in the season.

Friday: Host Utah State at Albertsons Stadium (10 a.m., CBS)

2. FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (2)

The Bulldogs (7-4, 6-1), who have won six straight games, will honor Jake Haener on senior night before taking on the Pokes in the regular-season finals. The star QB has rushed for 2,249 yards with 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven games this season.

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Friday: Host Wyoming at Valley Children’s Stadium (8pm, FS1)

Brad Roberts should be named MW Offensive Player of the Year after adding 184 rushing yards and a touchdown to his season stats in the Falcons’ (8-3, 4-3) win over Colorado State.

Saturday: In the state of San Diego at SnapDragon Stadium (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

The Cowboys (7-4, 5-2) have to circle the wagons after a haunting end to the home final against Boise State.

Friday: At Fresno State at Valley Children’s Stadium (8 p.m., FS1)

5. AZTECS IN SAN DIEGO STATE (4)

The Aztecs (7-4, 5-2) have won five of their last six games since Jalen Mayden emerged as a reliable quarterback.

Saturday: Host Air Force at SnapDragon Stadium (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

The Aggies (6-5, 5-2) have won three straight games and are bowl eligible 1-4 after the season has started.

Friday: In Boise State at Albertsons Stadium (10 a.m., CBS)

7. SPARTANS IN SAN JOSE STATE (6)

The Spartans (6-4, 4-3) looked like the West Division favorite in October but have slipped to third place after road losses in Fresno, San Diego and Utah states. Without a large following, it will be interesting to see if SJSU gets invited to a bowl.

Saturday: Host Hawaii at CEFCU Stadium (1:30 p.m., Spectrum Sports)

8. COLORADO STATE RAMS (8)

The Rams (2-9, 2-5) should take a big step forward next season if they can keep quarterback Clay Millen, running back Avery Morrow and wide receiver Tory Horton out of the gate.

Friday: Host New Mexico at Canvas Stadium (1:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Timmy Chang won’t win MW Coach of the Year, but he did a good job in his first season rebuilding the Warriors (3-9, 2-5), who were competitive despite the roster being decimated by transfer last winter.

Saturday: In San Jose State at CEFCU Stadium (1:30 p.m., Spectrum Sports)

The Rebels (4-7, 2-5) have lost six straight games and are 6-22 under Marcus Arroyo. UNLV has not played in a bowl since 2014 and has not won a bowl since 2000.

Saturday: Host Nevada at Allegiant Stadium (4 p.m., Mountain West Network)

11. NEW MEXICO LOBOS (11)

The Lobos (2-9, 0-7) have lost eight games in a row and are 7-23 under Danny Gonzales. New Mexico’s last postseason appearance was a 23-20 win over UTSA in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl.

Friday: At Colorado State at Canvas Stadium (1:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

12. NEVADA WOLF PACK (12)

The Wolf Pack (2-9, 0-7) have lost nine games in a row, making it the longest losing streak in the program’s history.

Saturday: At UNLV at Allegiant Stadium (4 p.m., Mountain West Network)

Follow UW beat writer Ryan Thorburn on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn

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