San Diego State is currently 14-0 and No. 7 in the country, but when the polls come out on Jan. 24, the Aztecs could be the top team in the land.
SDSU is 10th in the RPI with wins over Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, Wichita State and California.
After playing Non-Division I Occidental on New Year's Eve, the Mountain West team opens its conference schedule with a pair of road tests at TCU and Utah. The Aztecs should be able to get past those two mediocre teams before hosting 11-2 UNLV on Jan. 12. Home-court advantage should do the trick in that one.
Three days later, San Diego State travels to New Mexico and while The Pit is never an easy place to play, UNM doesn't have a top-100 win this year.
Despite having one loss, Pittsburgh is ranked ahead of the Aztecs, but the Panthers should suffer another defeat at Georgetown on Jan. 12, so SDSU could be No. 1 when it loses its first game at BYU on Jan. 26.