Boise State Near-Unanimous Favorite In WAC Coaches' Poll
Courtesy of the WAC
July 26, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY – Defending WAC champion Boise State has been named the favorite in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference football coaches poll announced today at the league's football preview being held in Salt Lake City. It's the second straight year that Boise State has been picked to win the WAC by the coaches. Nevada was picked second for the second consecutive year, while Fresno State finished third.
Boise State finished last season with a 14-0 record, winning the WAC regular season title with a perfect 8-0 mark for the sixth time since 2002. The Broncos capped their perfect season with a 17-10 victory over TCU in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and enter the 2010 season tied with Alabama for the longest active winning streak in the nation at 14 in a row. Boise State returns the 2009 WAC Offensive Player of the Year in junior quarterback Kellen Moore who is 26-1 as a starter.
Nevada was 8-5 last year and finished second in the WAC with a 7-1 mark. The Wolf Pack played in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl last season, their fifth consecutive bowl appearance. Nevada returns last year's WAC Defensive Player of the Year in senior defensive end Dontay Moch.
Fresno State finished in third last year with a 6-2 mark in conference play. Utah State's selection of fourth in the poll is its highest since joining the WAC in 2005. The Aggies were 3-5 last year, tying for fifth place in the conference.
Boise State received 64 points from the nine WAC coaches while Nevada was in second with 55 points. Fresno State was third with 50 followed by Utah State (37). Hawai'i was selected fifth with36 points followed by Idaho with33 points, Louisiana Tech (26), New Mexico State (14) and San Jose State (9).
The following is the complete 2010 WAC football coaches' poll (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams):
2010 WAC Preseason Poll (1st-place votes in parenthesis):
||Boise State (8)
||New Mexico State
||San Jose State