Previewing the WAC

The Western Athletic Conference football meetings will be held this week at the Salt Lake City Airport Hilton and we’ll get an idea of how the coaches and media from around the league see things shaping up.

Utah State’s long-suffering fans will certainly be eager to see where the Aggies, with new coach Gary Andersen, will be placed in the preseason polls.

It would be a complete shock if anyone other than Boise State was atop the polls. The Broncos steamrolled the league last year and return plenty of defensive and offensive firepower.

Utah State, on the other hand, is a big question mark. Not only to the Aggies have a new coach and a history of futility, they have another brutal schedule to look forward to.

For what it’s worth, we media folk get a chance to rank the teams according to our infinite wisdom.

Here’s how my ballot looked, with a quick explanation why I put that team where I did.

1. Boise State — BSU is the class of the WAC and gets this spot until someone takes it from the Broncos.
2. Nevada — loaded on offense with three returning 1,000 yard rushers.
3. Fresno State — Bulldogs had disappointing year. But have stars coming back.
4. San Jose State — Spartans not stellar, but will contend for bowl berth.
5. Louisiana Tech — The embodiment of middle of the pack in the WAC.
6. Utah State — Were just two plays away from having five wins last year. Loads of starters return.
7. Hawaii — The Warriors have fallen. And it might be a while before they get back up.
8. Idaho — The Vandals are still, and perhaps always, in that rebuilding mode.
9. New Mexico State — New coach has hands full turning around a team that had competely given up at end of season.

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