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Powerful polls: Mountain West rankings and other polls for Week 10

Behold the Mountain West power rankings in all their wrongheaded glory. Also, there are other rankings of varying importance.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Mountain West Powerful Poll

  1. Fresno State
  2. Boise State
  3. San Diego State
  4. Utah State
  5. UNLV
  6. San Jose State
  7. Colorado State
  8. Nevada
  9. Wyoming
  10. New Mexico
  11. Hawaii
  12. Air Force

Explain myself: Nevada continues its slow slide toward the Air Force basement, losing to UNLV last week. How bad is the Wolf Pack? How good are the Running Rebels? What is love, baby don't hurt me?

I moved San Diego State up to third because of recent hot streak of competitiveness, including last week's OT loss to Fresno. There's no telling if the Aztecs deserve such lofty praise, but I guess we'll find out November 23 when Boise State visits. Personally, I'd rather the Broncos be playing the version of Aztecs that lost to FCS Eastern Illinois.

For reference, here are the Mountain West conference standings - free from my bias (other than the huge, gold highlight for Boise State).


The top undefeated football teams

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Kansas City Chiefs
  4. Florida State
  5. Baylor
  6. Ohio State
  7. Miami (FL)
  8. Northern Illinois
  9. Fresno State

Explain myself: The Chiefs are overrated. Florida State is overrated. Miami is overrated. Fresno State is overrated.

This concludes my Skip Bayless impersonation.


Boise State's potential bowl rankings

  1. Poinsettia
  2. Hawaii Bowl
  3. Las Vegas
  4. New Mexico Bowl
  5. Potato Bowl
  6. Armed Forces Bowl

I'm souring on the likelihood of a 100th consecutive trip to the Vegas Bowl because 1) Boise State keeps losing and 2) Fresno is super vulnerable to losing. Should Fresno lose once or twice, they are the likely Vegas Bowl team based on my rudimentary understanding of the bowl system. That would put Boise State in the Orange Bowl? (I'm telling you, my understanding is very rudimentary.)

Skip rankings

1. My Dog Skip, starring Frankie Muniz

2. Skip Holtz, LaTech coach

9,999. Skip Bayless, lunatic

Chip rankings

1. O'Boises

2. Kettle chips, salt and pepper

3. Cool Ranch Doritos

4. Cheetos (Not technically a chip? Discuss.)

5. Pringles

Ship rankings

1. Love Boat

2. (tie) Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria

3. Mayflower

192. Minnesota Vikings party barge

Dip rankings

1. Guacamole

2. Salsa

3. Seven layer

4. Bean

5. Hot cheese dip

6. Hummus

7. Spinach and artichoke

Whip rankings

1. Cool Whip

2. WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched)