Fine-Tuning The Power Rankings Among The WAC Heading to Week 3
Though two weeks have passed since the start of the college football season, already the WAC has created a stir as they are urged to follow the lead of their conference powerhouse the Boise State Broncos.
Without any further ado, here are the new updated WAC Power Rankings heading into week 3.
9) New Mexico State Aggies
9) New Mexico State Aggies: (0-1)
After awaiting two weeks to begin their season, the New Mexico State Aggies finally partook in their first action losing to the San Diego State Aztecs in a shootout 41-21 Saturday in front of their home crowd.
Aggie quarterback Matt Christian leveled out 17/34 for 223 yards and tossing two touchdowns. Christian’s leading receiver, Marcus Allen caught 4 passes compiling 114 yards. Junior college transfer Kenny Turner’s debut didn’t go to shambles as he carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards earning a rushing touchdown in the process.
New Mexico State takes their act on the road visiting the UTEP Miners in El Paso’s Sun Bowl at 9:05 Saturday night. The Miners lost track of the Houston Cougars and then lost track of the games losing 54-24 last Saturday in Houston.
8) San Jose State Spartans
8) San Jose State Spartans: (0-2)
Jordan La Secla’s game following the stomping at the hands of the Crimson Tide fared much better last weekend in Madison despite their 27-14 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. Le Secla completed 20/26 for 228 yards utilizing the wealth of receivers at his disposal.
Defensively, the Spartans kept the Badgers in check jockeying field position exchanging punts during the first half. However, respectable drives had been squandered costing San Jose State the possibility claiming the lead in the first half.
By the second half, the Spartans begun running on fumes as Wisconsin imposed their will tacking on insurance scores holding Jordan Le Secla and company at bay.
This Saturday, San Jose State will be in high spirits when the play their first home game of the year against 1AA opponent Southern Utah in Spartan Stadium.
7) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
7) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: (1-1)
Sprinting step for step in College Station with the Texas A&M Aggies didn’t last very long; the first half to be precise as Texas A&M routed Louisiana Tech 48-16 at Kyle field.
A sloppy played first half actually hurt Louisiana Tech worse simply because they couldn’t capitalize on any A&M miscues and against a team the caliber of the Aggies, not taking advantage of opportunity presents a deep hole plunge into.
Colby Cameron led the passing game going 15/31 for 115 yards but was picked off twice. Cameron did have help though. Tarik Hakmi completed 6/8 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Louisiana Tech receiving saved the game from spinning further out of hand grabbing 21 receptions for 208 yards, one touchdown and a long pass play mounting 36 yards.
The Bulldogs head home to their friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium to face Navy Saturday night at 7:00 pm.
6) Hawaii Warriors
6) Hawaii Warriors: (1-1)
Scorching the Army Black Knights for the first 21 points didn’t exactly guarantee the Hawaii Warriors an automatic win at West Point’s Michie Stadium last weekend, but Hawaii clung to a late 31 yard field goal topping Army 31-28.
Hawaii quarterback Brian Moniz totaled 343 yards on 25/36 and 3 touchdowns hitting Kealoha Pilares 6 times for 104 yards and one touchdown. Royce Pollard chimed in catching 5 passes for another 94 yards while Rodney Bradley hauled in Moniz pass for a touchdown.
Hawaii ventures back to the continental United States to Boulder, Colorado to take on the struggling Colorado Buffaloes Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
5) Idaho Vandals
5) Idaho Vandals: (1-1)
Falling from 4 to 5 in the 2010 WAC Power Rankings heading into this weekend’s action, the Idaho Vandals ran into a buzzsaw in the third largest city Nebraska has to offer when the Huskers’ Memorial Stadium is packed the brim.
The Nebraska Huskers crushed the Vandals 38-17 in front of an intimidating 85,732 red draped maniacs, and the 17 points put up on Idaho’s half didn’t do them much justice. This game was a rout from the start.
Six turnovers in a normally sharp offense robbed Idaho of a shot to stay within striking distance early on leading them submerged deep in red as the game progressed.
Nathan Enderle completed 16/31 passes for 141 yards disturbing 1 to 5 in the touchdown to interception ratio column. Dionte’ Jackson and Princeton McCarty combined for 23 carries for 107 yard against a mulish Husker defense. Daniel Hardy led the Vandal receiving with 5 receptions for 75 yards.
Idaho is home this weekend facing the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in always entertaining Kibbie Dome where the Vandals look to steal back the lost rhythm which mysteriously disappeared in Lincoln last Saturday. Kick-off is at 10:30 pm ET.
4) Utah State Aggies
4) Utah State Aggies: (1-1)
Rebounding from a heartbreaker a week ago in Norman, Oklahoma, the Utah State Aggies recovered thumping the Idaho State Bengals 38-17 in their 2010 home opener in Romney Stadium.
The story of the game could’ve been holding the Bengals to 285 total yards of offense hadn’t been for Utah State ramping the pigskin up and down the field for 542 yards of total offense, nearly doubling up Idaho State’s effort.
Aggies’ quarterback Diondre Borel threw 21/26 for 255 yards and one touchdown while splitting the reception wealth around as Eric Moats collected the only receiving touchdown on 3 catches for 65 yards.
The real story on offense was Utah State’s running attack which accumulated 275 yards with Michael Smith and Derrvin Speight hauling the majority of the carries on 24 carries amassing 161 of the 275 yards.
Saturday, the hard-nosed Fresno State Bulldogs tour the Aggies home field where kick-off takes place at 8:00 pm ET.
3) Nevada Wolf Pack
3) Nevada Wolf Pack: (2-0)
Colin Kaepernick retired early from last Saturday’s game after posting 402 yards of total offense of his own.
The duel threat Wolf Pack quarterback threw 21/29 for 241 yards and once again his uncanny field presence allowed him to spread the field evenly distributing the ball amongst the Nevada receivers.
Nevada’s main staple of running the ball down the throats of defenders and of course this week was no different. Colin Kaepernick headed the rushing assault with 161 yards off 11 carries, and his backfield counterpart Vai Taua chalked up an additional 118 yards on 15 carries.
As a team, the nation’s near faultless rushing team did it again gaining 376 yards on 46 touches, but since Nevada are so deep, athletics and talented, the Wolf Pack will no doubt reach the top 25 within the next few weeks .
Winning this weekend over the California Golden Bears (assuming the Wolf Pack takes care of business) practically reinsures their first stop in the 2010 top 25 polls. Kick-off is set at 10:00 pm at Nevada’s Mackay .
2) Fresno State Bulldogs
2) Fresno State: (1-0) Idle
Sitting out last weekend, the Fresno State Bulldogs hope of after layoff that they have taken full advantage to working extra reps along with scouting the Bulldogs.
Similar to the Utah State situation, Fresno will without a doubt find their place in the top 25 while running stride for stride with the Boise State Broncos.
Saturday night the Bulldogs pack their bags as they hit the road to clash with Utah State at 8:00 pm ET.
1) No.3 Boise State Broncos
No.3 Boise State: (1-0) Idle
Nearly two weeks have passed since they played their one and only game in the backyard of the Virginia Tech Hokies stunning the Frank Beamer’s early preseason favorite to win the ACC.
Only one problem.
The Dukes of James Madison rolled into Blacksburg upsetting the Virginia Tech Hokies in their own home field. Now the burning question has arisen regarding Boise State’s schedule, at the same time having deal with dropping them a couple of spots in the top 25 in order to move TCU ahead of them.
This Saturday, Boise State travels to Laramie to face the reeling Wyoming Cowboys set for 8:00 ET in War Memorial Stadium.