Mountain West Conference power rankings

No. 1 Texas Christian (1-1, 0-0 MWC) Next: 9/13 at Air ForceSo the Frogs lost 34-13 to Texas. Big deal. TCU wasn’t suppose to win this game, still they lead 10-0 at halftime. Sound the alarm when they lose to somebody they’re suppose to beat.

No. 2 Brigham Young (1-1, 0-0 MWC) Next: 9/15 at TulsaThe Cougars played No. 11 UCLA tough before falling on the road, 27-17. If BYU’s defense continues to improve while Max Hall gets his feet under him, the Cougs will be tough again this year.

No. 3 Wyoming (2-0, 0-0 MWC) Next: 9/15 at Boise St.Cowboys would have been No. 2 this week, but their win over a terrible Utah State team was not convincing enough. A win on the smurf turf — no matter the score — will do the trick though.

No. 4 Air Force (2-0, 1-0 MWC) Next: 9/13 vs. TCUWith a little polishing, Air Force’s offense will be as fun to watch as Utah’s was in 2004. The Falcons are poised to make some noise in the MWC, and a win over TCU would do just that.

No. 5 Colorado State (0-2, 0-0 MWC) Next: at HoustonScratching your head about this pick? Don’t. The Rams have lost to two BCS-conference schools by a combined nine points. The Rams have their first winnable game this week, what they do with it will be interesting.

No. 6 New Mexico (1-1, 0-0 MWC) Next: at ArizonaThe Lobos offense came alive against instate rival New Mexico St. The Lobos will get a chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke against a more athletic, but porous Arizona defense.

No. 7 UNLV (0-2, 0-0 MWC) Next: vs. HawaiiThe fact that the Rebels nearly shocked No. 5 Wisconsin has to count for something. If UNLV can slow down Colt Brennan, the Warriors defense should allow UNLV to find a way to put more points on the board.

No. 8 Utah (0-2, 0-1) Next: vs. UCLAThe injuries keep piling on for the Utes. Kyle Whittingham doesn’t expect UCLA to feel sorry for his team. He’s right. UCLA might throw in a parting gift and agree to play Utah for a few more years, though.

No. 9 San Diego State (0-1, 0-0) Next: at Arizona StateSomebody should let Chuck Long know that the Pac-10 should be avoided like week-old milk. The Aztecs have no shot at beating anyone in their non-MWC conference of choice, including, but not limited to, ASU.