The Aztecs beat another quality opponent on Saturday. What impact will this have on their ranking in the top 25 of the CFP on Tuesday?
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The San Diego State Aztecs did it again on Saturday night, beating the Nevada Wolf Pack in a tense back-and-forth affair not only to maintain their position at the top of the West Division, but to keep up with the rhythm of the only team that stands between them and the indoor track for a supply of New Years Six bowls.
Although there are only two weeks left in the regular season, there is a lot at stake if things go well for San Diego State. Here’s how each current Mountain West competitor ranks ahead of the third top 25 in college football’s playoffs on Tuesday:
# 22 Aztecs of the State of San Diego (9-1)
SP + rank (up to week 11): 47 | FEI Rank: XX | Sagarin rank: 52 | Schedule strength rank (by Sagarin / Sports Reference): 102/118
What’s new for the Aztecs? San Diego State continued to live on the wild side against Nevada, winning their fifth game of the season with seven points or less, but the Aztecs can now claim victories against three different bowl-eligible teams: Utah, Air Force. and now the Wolf Pack. .
The hope from here is that these big wins will get even better with each passing week. Utah survived an unexpected road challenge against Arizona, for example, and now secures a prime time date next Saturday against Pac-12 frontman North, Oregon. San Jose State could claim four eligible bowl wins if they beat Fresno State in two weeks, but the Aztecs might prefer the Bulldogs to be their only quality loss. Boise State also remains a big wild card, although San Diego State might not want to ignore an UNLV team that has reversed their fortunes in the past two weeks and have a winning streak in hand.
Utah State Aggies (8-2)
SP + rank: 89 | Sagarin rank: 66 | Schedule strength rank (by Sagarin / Sports Reference): 79/102
What’s new for the Aggies? Utah State picked up another big win on Saturday night over San Jose State, silencing the skeptics further and putting more distance between them and the close game luck that defined much of their early season success. Say what you want about the level of competition, but the Aggies have now beaten Hawaii, New Mexico State and the Spartans by an average of 24.3 points over the past three weeks.
Boise State’s win over Wyoming also helps their result against the Broncos look more like a loss of quality now that the men on blue have reached bowl eligibility. Washington state failed to do the same on the road against Oregon on Saturday, but it would be a shock if they can’t achieve six wins over Arizona and compete with Washington in the next two. weeks.
What does the wider landscape look like at this point?