Yesterday: preseason WAC players of the year
Today: preseason WAC poll
Tomorrow: a nap
The WAC media and coaches have released their picks for conference favorites, and now it is time to reveal ours. As is always the case, our preseason poll has an unconventional look to it, and plenty of bias and passive-aggressive anger went into the picks. Feel free to tell us how badly we botched things.
1. Boise State
We see them going undefeated and winning the national championship, which is probably why we weren't invited to the WAC media convention.
Why are we giving Nevada respect? Beats us, but we do see them winning six conference games
3. Fresno State
We'd be surprised if anyone else had the Bulldogs this low, but if there's a way for Fresno to screw the pooch in conference play, they'll find it. We imagine it's hiding under the guise of a road game at LaTech.
4. Louisiana Tech
Speaking of LaTech, the Bulldogs may show flashes of a program on the rise this season. However, they will also show flashes of LaTech.
5. San Jose State
If the Spartans win in Hawaii in September, they could certainly finish here. If they don't, then we will never trust them with anything again.
The Warriors may surprise us, or they may completely implode under the shaky hand of Tyler Graunke and the deer-in-the-headlights stare of Greg McMackin. We're betting on the latter.
The Vandals are a poorly-coached, undisciplined, talentless football team. That's good enough for seventh place in the WAC.
8. Utah State
Happy trails, Brent Guy. Pick up your parting gift at Deseret Industries on your way out.
9. New Mexico State
Finishing below Idaho and Utah State is no easy task, but considering that the Aggies lost at home last year to USU and get both of the teams on the road this season, we're confident they are up to the challenge. Catch the Hal Mumme fever!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yesterday: preseason WAC players of the year
The WAC preseason picks are out. Click here for the results. (Spoiler alert: the good guys win.)
For awhile now, it seems like the Broncos have been exploring options on how to get out of the WAC. Their latest accomplice may be...the Humanitarian Bowl?
The Mountain West could send a team to that game this season if the Atlantic Coast Conference fails to qualify an eighth bowl team, but a deal would be for a guaranteed spot in 2009 for the No. 5 MWC team. MWC commissioner Craig Thompson didn't deny Boise State might use the bowl as a means to gain admission into the Mountain West.What strange bedfellows. Boise State and the H-Bowl have a tenuous history, mostly because BSU treats the home game as a fall-back option, not unlike our dating history in high school. "Well, if the Hawaii Bowl asks us out, then we're going, but I guess we could always play mini golf with the H-Bowl if all else fails." We love mini golf.
Not sure how everyone is making the presumption that a MWC team in the H-Bowl means Boise State is making a play to join the conference. From what we can tell, the Broncos might have more incentive to stay home and face a MWC team (ugh, Wyoming again?) to prove that they belong with Mountain West teams.
It's worth following to say the least, but we'd rather the Broncos be looking for subversive ways to join the Pac-10.
Tim Brady on cover of media guide [Press-Tribune]
Sorry, Brock Jaramillo. Maybe next year.
Colt Brennan blogs Colt Brennan-ness [Redskins.com]
Thanks, Warriors Will Throw. We appreciate the extra ammunition.
The Bronco Nation podcast is big time [BNN]
Voting FSU ahead of BSU in preseason polls, however, is not big time.
Sporting News' Boise State preview [Sporting News]
#33 in the country: we'll take that.
Interesting stats on the WAC [Sporting Network]
An original WAC preview. How refreshing.
Statesman's preview of media days [Statesman]
Brent Guy rationalizing his career record should be fun.
Chase Holbrook, Heisman candidate [Reno Gazette-Journal]
We just threw up in our mouth a little.
Interesting take on mid-majors [Sunday Morning Quarterback]
Kudos to blogger journalism.
Idaho State may not even be competitive in Big Sky [ISZ]
Merril Hoge sheds a tear.
Take that, Fresno State. In your face, Chase Holbrook.
The Broncos were chosen by the WAC media to finish first in the conference, and Ian Johnson was named the WAC's preseason offensive player of the year at the WAC media convention in Salt Lake City.
Boise State received 383 points and 25 first-place votes from media members around the WAC and the nation. Fresno State was picked a close second after garnering 379 points and 20 first-place votes.Here are the official standings for the media poll.
- Boise State (383)
- Fresno State (379)
- Nevada (296)
- Hawaii (243)
- Louisiana Tech (209)
- San Jose State (183)
- New Mexico State (167)
- Idaho (87)
- Utah State (78)
Ian Johnson and Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian were voted as the players of the year for the conference. Johnson is without a doubt the face of the WAC, considering his success in the Fiesta Bowl season and his national notoriety, but NMSU QB Holbrook could have just as easily duped the media into picking him.
We're actually a little surprised that the Broncos were chosen to finish first. We have heard everyone and their mother tout the greatness of the Bulldogs this upcoming season, and we figured that the media would think the same. They have obviously skipped the Fresno Kool-Aid in favor of Boise State coffee and Red Bull.
In lieu of this really early announcement (what are they doing awake this early?), we'll run the daily links later this morning.
Broncos picked first... [Bronco Sports]