Thursday, April 3, 2014

RPI: San Diego State 38th, Fresno State 45th

The latest Ratings Percentage Index numbers are out, and they continue to hold good news for both San Diego State and Fresno State.

The Aztecs, despite a 1-0 week, had a slight hiccup and fell four spots to No. 38.  The Bulldogs, meanwhile, jumped up four spots to No. 45 after a 3-0 week.  Both are still solidly in contention for an NCAA at-large berth should it become necessary.

With there being no guarantees of what the NCAA selection committee may -- or may not -- do, both teams need to focus on winning as many of their remaining games as possible.  For now though, those two have the best shot at an at-large bid out of the Mountain West.  Fresno State remains the team with the three best non-conference wins in the MW, holding three victories over the RPI Top 30, including a marquee win over No. 7 Nebraska.

San Jose State dropped a spot to No. 65 after a 2-1 week.  Colorado State moved up two, to No. 81, after sweeping Boise State.  UNLV, which dropped two of three at SJSU, is down seven spots to No. 89.  That gives the Mountain West a solid five teams in the top 90 of the RPI.

Boise State fell five spots to No. 104, while Nevada took a 10-spot leap to No. 142 after sweeping New Mexico.  Utah State fell a whopping 27 spots after an 0-4 week.  While getting swept at Fresno State didn't help, the Aggies' fall was much worse because of a bad, mid-week loss to Southern Utah (RPI of 167).  New Mexico fell 14 spots to No. 156.