The Mountain West is finally getting some recognition thanks to Fresno State. After a thrilling win over their Boise State rivals for the Milk Can, the Bulldogs have now entered the AP poll at No.25. Up until this past weekend, Boise State owned the trophy every year since 2006. However, the Bulldogs pulled out a 41-40 win to bring the trophy back to Bulldog Stadium for the second time since the trophy was added to the rivalry back in 2005.
Fresno State has been fighting its way into the polls since the season started. Last week, the team entered the USA Today poll at No.25 with 75 points and is now ranked No.23. In the AP poll, which is considered more prevalent, the Bulldogs have entered with 110 points, just 21 shy of passing both Texas Tech and Wisconsin.
The Mountain West is a conference with several talented teams. However, with dominant forces like the SEC getting most of the attention, the conference doesn’t get the consideration that it should. Outside of Fresno State, teams like Boise State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming are off to pretty decent starts. With its lack of recognition, it is easy forget that the Mountain West is producing some noteworthy success.
With the Bulldogs sneaking their way into the spotlight, this can lead to more teams from the conference possibly following their lead. Hopefully a fire will be ignited, causing the other guys to play harder and fight for their turn in the limelight as well.