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MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:55 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Several non-AQ conferences have held their preseason media days and polls, and it won't surprise anyone to learn that the Mountain West's edition has anointed newcomers Boise State the league favorites in their first MWC campaign.

The Broncos earned 28 out of a possible 31 first-place votes, with reigning champion TCU picking up three nods to finish second in their final MWC preseason poll before 2012's jump to the Big East. Air Force placed third, followed by San Diego State.

Personally, we'd have slid the Aztecs into the third slot* thanks in large part to Ronnie Hillman, the explosive sophomore running back who was named to the MWC's preseason all-conference team, also announced Tuesday. But it was the Broncos who predictbably dominated the list of honorees, earning a conference-high seven selections. In addition to Kellen Moore (who was named the preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year), the Broncos were also saw less-household names like safety George Iloka, defensive end Shea McLellin and offensive tackle Nate Potter.

TCU
picked up four selections, including preseason Defesnive Player of the Year Tank Carder. No doubt the MWC itself is hoping the media have their predictions right; having the Broncos oust the Frogs in the two teams' only shared conference season would be a feather in the league's cap as TCU departs (and the MWC fights for a BCS automatic berth.

But as mentioned, the MWC isn't the only league that's been busy issuing its preseason polls. Checking in on two of their non-AQ brethren:

MAC: The Mid-American Conference held its Media Day Tuesday and announced the league's press had selected up-and-coming Toledo the league favorite for 2011. The Rockets return a league-high 18 starters in the third season of Tim Beckman's tenure, including dynamic receiver/returner Eric Page, a Biletnikoff Award Watch list member.

But the Rockets were far from a slam dunk choice, gaining only five of the 13 votes cast for MAC champion. Reigning divisional champions Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) each picked up three nods, with Ohio and Western Michigan each picking up a token vote. All in all, seven different teams earned votes as champions of one division or the other--promising a well-heated MAC race this fall.

SUN BELT: The SBC doesn't issue a media vote, but last week the league's coaches released their own picks for the 2011 Sun Belt standings, with an unfamiliar name at the top: FIU.

Behind co-preseason Offensive Player of the Year (and CBSSports.com College Football 100 member) T.Y. Hilton, the Golden Panthers usurped usual league overloards Troy, receiving five of the nine votes in the poll. And in maybe the quirkiest single vote in any of those polls mentioned in this post, someone is very high on Western Kentucky; despite going 2-10 last year (and 2-22 the past two seasons), the Hilltoppers received one first-place vote.

*Yes, despite the devastation in the SDSU receiving corps. Between a veteran line, Hillman, and senior QB Ryan Lindley, they'll be fine. 

Comments

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:26 am
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Obviously since Georgia and Boise State play each other, they belong on the same field.  Boise State's schedule is tougher than a Big East schedule is.  Still, they cant lose three games and still call themselves the best in the country like SEC schools do.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:23 pm
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Blah blah blah...It is the MWC, until these guys get into a real conf. I really cant tell how good they are.



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:21 pm
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Lets see for 10th year in a row Boise St is pre-season top 25 last few years pre-season top 10 last 10 years best record in College Football (these all all facts).   There are a lot of haters out there but the bottom line is they show up in the Big and Small games.  Anyone who thinks GA has a chance this year against Boise St either is Alumni of U of GA or lives in the state of GA.   NOT A CHANCE!!  37-14 blow out  BOISE STATE




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:07 pm
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

You make it sound like Boise State will be in their late November stride by the beginning of the game. But it is going to be the same for both sides, both teams are going to be opening their season with this game. You don't see BSU fans making that excuse. Nor do you see them bring up the fact that they lose 3 practices before the beginning of this game. We feel that we should be prepared to win the game, and the tallent is there. If we get beat, it is because Georgia was the better team, not because of lame excuses like you made.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:31 am
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Boise plays basically no one.  Nevada?  Utah?  Those are both 7-5 teams in any power conference.  And Boise always plays their hardest games first before other teams have really gotten going, so they have a better chance to win.  Boise would get slaughtered in a late November game against top teams from the SEC or Big 12.



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:06 am
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

This is not a surprise. TCU lost pretty much everybody from last years team, while Boise lost about half of their team.

We did not lose have the team...We lost a few key guys on the D and 2 great Recievers...That's not half the team there's 22 players not 8....Boise has more coming back than people relize...They were not starters but have lots of game time exp....Boise will be pretty darn good.....



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:09 am
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

What an even more real shocker...

Let's see.  Georgiaplayed 4 ranked teams in 2010: SC (#24)... Arkansas(#12)... Auburn(#2) and UCF (#25). BoiseStatealso played 4 ranked teams in 2010: Virginia Tech (#10)... OregonState(#24)... Nevada(#16) and Utah(#19). OMG, the SOS incongruity is so blatantly obvious (according to the SEC elitists).  BoiseStatedoesn't even belong on the same field as Georgia.  After all, and in the spirit of keeping things in proper perspective, Georgiaalso played POWER HOUSES like Louisiana-Lafayette, Coloradoand IdahoStatein 2010.  Now there's an effort in SOS supremacy if I ever saw one.  IdahoState??? They're in the NFL aren't they?


There is just absolutely no comparison between the two SOS's.  Case closed.  Cool




Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:04 am
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

Let's see.  Georgia played 4 ranked teams in 2010: SC (#24)... Arkansas (#12)... Auburn (#2)... and UCF (#25).  Boise State also played 4 ranked teams in 2010: Virginia Tech (#10)... Oregon State (#24)... Nevada (#16)... and Utah (#19). OMG, the SOS incongruity is so blatantly obvious (according to the SEC elitists).  It's obvious that Boise State doesn't even belong on the same field as Georgia.  After all, and in the spirit of keeping things in proper perspective, Georgia also played POWER HOUSES like Louisiana-Lafayette, Colorado and Idaho State in 2010.  Now there's an effort in SOS supremacy if I ever saw one.  Idaho State??? They're in the NFL aren't they?

There is just absolutely no comparison between the two SOS's.  Case closed.  



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:31 pm
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

LOL Theycallyouidiot If you think Boise wil blow out ga in atlanta you are an idiot! In the sec we don't really care about the bowl games unless they are for the natty. Trust Me when ga wins this game the only people who won't be shocked are the ga fans.... We know....we know....



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:53 pm
 

MWC's Boise State among non-AQ favorites

This is not a surprise. TCU lost pretty much everybody from last years team, while Boise lost about half of their team. Even at half-strength, Boise should be able to dominate the likes of Georgia and TCU, who are pretty much scrubs at this point. If UCF can hold Georgia to 6 points in a bowl game, then I shudder to think what Boise will be able to hold them to. Can anyone say.... shutout?


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