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July 26, 2010

Boise State voted WAC preseason favorite

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Boise State University once again was picked by the league's head coaches and media to capture the 2010 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) football championship, as the league's annual media gathering gets underway for two days here in the capital city of Utah.

A winner of seven of the past eight WAC titles, Boise State received eight first-place votes and a total of 64 points. The University of Nevada received the remaining first place vote. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

On the media side, the Broncos received 42 of the possible 43 first-place votes cast and 386 points. Nevada once again was selected to finish second, notching the remaining first-place vote and 333 points.

Both polls selected Fresno State to finish third, but the middle spots were mixed.

The coaches selected Utah State fourth, Hawai'i fifth, Idaho sixth and Louisiana Tech seventh.

The media had Idaho fourth, Louisiana Tech fifth, Utah State sixth, and Hawai'i seventh.

Both the coaches and media ranked New Mexico State eighth and San Jose State ninth, respectively.

Boise State finished the 2009 season with a 14-0 record, winning the WAC regular-season title with an 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.

Bosie State enters the 2010 season tied with Alabama for the longest active winning streak in the nation at 14. The Broncos return the 2009 WAC Offensive Player of the Year in junior quarterback Kellen Moore, who is 26-1 all-time as a starter.

Moore, a junior QB from Prosser, Wash., (Prosser HS) was second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 161.7 rating last year. He completed 277-of-431 passes for 3,536 yards and 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

As a starter, Moore is now 26-1 in just two seasons. He was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year in 2008 and the Offensive Player of the Year last season.

Nevada defensive end [db]Dontay Moch[/db] was selected the league's preseason defensive player of the year.

Broncos players report to preseason camp on Aug. 5, with the first practice day on Aug. 6. The team will split up its practices between veterans and rookies, with the first practice in which all the players participate together on Aug. 10.

The 2010 season starts on Sept. 6 (Monday) when Boise State travels to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to face Virginia Tech. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

COACHES POLL MEDIA POLL
Rank Team Points
1 Boise State (8) 73
2 Nevada (1) 56
3 Fresno State 52
4 Utah State 42
5 Hawai'i 39
6 Idaho 38
7 Louisana Tech 31
8 New Mexico State 21
9 San Jose State 17
Rank Team Points
1 Boise State (42) 386
2 Nevada (1) 333
3 Fresno State 300
4 Utah State 207
5 Hawai'i 200
6 Idaho 196
7 Louisana Tech 166
8 New Mexico State 81
9 San Jose State 66



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