The Top Football Programs in Recent Mountain West History

This is the fifteenth post in our 24-part Super Squad Series, recognizing the best programs over the last three years in every single Division I FBS & FCS Conference, as well as the upperclassmen & staff who’ve anchored them.

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Full updated rankings after last week‘s rundown of Sun Belt programs:

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About Super Squad Rating

Super Squad Ratings range 0-100, heavily-weighed toward zero. A 100.0 rating is only achievable for a team that finishes #1 in College Football all three years, with a 100+ power rating each year. The top three 2020 Super Squads rate in at 78, 57, and 47, respectively.

Best thought of as a notoriety score:
“How many normal people out of 100 should recognize this program’s success the last three years?”

Consider an SSR (Super Squad Rating) of 78 to abstractly mean that program deserves 78% of Americans’ attention.
Conversely a program with a 1.1 SSR would be worth the attention of only 11 out of 1,000 Americans.

How does the last three years of Mountain West football stack up?

We asked this, for every conference, and rank the Mountain West below.

For our winner Boise State, 45 young men played all three seasons – 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 – to earn this Super Squad title:

CONGRATULATIONS Octavius Evans, DeAndre Pierce, Garrett Collingham, Evan Tyler, CT Thomas, Ezekiel Noa, Chase Cord, Kekoa Nawahine, Marques Evans, Jalen Walker, Aisa Kelemete, Roman Kafentzis, Tyreque Jones, Benton Wickersham, Avery Williams, Kekaula Kaniho, Jordan Happle, Robert Mahone, Jabari Watson, Daniel Cantrell, Riley Whimpey, Joel Velazquez, Matt Pistone, Bruno DeRose, Nicholai Pitman, Sam Whitney, Matt Locher, David Moa, Emmanuel Fesili, Garrett Larson, Jake Stetz, John Ojukwu, Donte Harrington, Nick Crabtree, Kole Bailey, Ezra Cleveland, John Molchon, Eric Quevedo, Akilian Butler, Damon Cole, John Bates, Chase Hatada, Nick Provenzano, Sonatane Lui, Curtis Weaver.

Before getting too caught-up in their accolades, these are the runners-up, from worst-to-first:


#196 San Jose State Spartans

2.9 Super Squad Rating

San Jose State Spartans logo


8-29 Overall
4-20 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#236, #180, #143


#192 New Mexico Lobos

3.0 Super Squad Rating

New Mexico Lobos logo


8-28 Overall
2-22 Sun Belt

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#199, #169, #192


#173 UNLV Rebels

3.3 Super Squad Rating

UNLV Rebels logo


13-23 Overall
8-16 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#157, #176, #179


#159 Colorado State Rams

3.8 Super Squad Rating

Colorado State Rams logo


14-23 Overall
10-14 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#114, #183, #157


#143 Nevada Wolf Pack

4.1 Super Squad Rating

Nevada Wolf Pack logo


18-20 Overall
12-12 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#160, #112, #147


#133 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

4.1 Super Squad Rating

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors logo


21-20 Overall
9-15 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#211, #137, #51


#87 Wyoming Cowboys

6.1 Super Squad Rating

Wyoming Cowboys logo


22-16 Overall
13-11 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#99, #107, #61


#79 Air Force Falcons

6.4 Super Squad Rating

Air Force Falcons logo


21-16 Overall
14-10 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#145, #108, #31


#72 Utah State Aggies

6.9 Super Squad Rating

Utah State Aggies logo


24-15 Overall
17-7 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#119, #43, #77


#69 San Diego State Aztecs

7.3 Super Squad Rating

San Diego States Aztecs logo


27-12 Overall
15-9 Mountain West

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#57, #118, #42


#52 Fresno State Bulldogs

8.4 Super Squad Rating

Fresno State Bulldogs logo


27-13 Overall
16-8 Mountain West
1 Mountain West Title

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#54, #28, #108


#27 Boise State Broncos

12.1 Super Squad Rating

Boise State Bronco logo


33-8 Overall
22-2 Mountain West
2 Mountain West Titles
(2017, 2019)

Average Power:


Yearly Finish:

#33, #42, #26

With two Mountain West titles, only two Mountain West game losses, and a history of stalking the Top 25, this week’s title winner was an easy one to guess.

Congratulations all Broncos coaches, staff, administrators, players, and especially the 45 young men present on the roster all three years that earned this title!

Boise State Super Squad Plaque

Super Squad Rankings

These are our up-to-date Division I Super Squad rankings after this week’s announced winner. Follow along as each Sunday we fill in more teams and announce our next Super Squad!

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