Boise State and Fresno State picked 1st, UNM picked last

Posted at: 07/22/2013 9:37 AM | Updated at: 07/22/2013 10:15 AM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

The Mountain West Conference pre-season poll was released on Monday morning in Las Vegas.  Boise State and Fresno State are considered the conference favorites.

The Broncos received 40 of the possible 41 first place votes in the Mountain Division.  Fresno State was the overwhelming favorite in the West Division earning 39 first place votes.  This season marks the first time in MW history for divisional play.  The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game on December 7th at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.

New Mexico was picked to finish last in the Mountain Division.  The Lobos are aligned with Boise State, Utah State, Air Force, Wyoming and Colorado State.  UNM is coming off a 4-9 season.  This will be the second year at UNM for head coach Bob Davie.  UNM opens the year against Texas San Antonio on August 31st.

UNM running back Kasey Carrier, punter Ben Skaer and kick returner Chase Clayton made the preseason All-Conference Team.  Fresno State QB Derek Carr is the offensive player of the year.  Fresno State's Derron Smith is the defensive player of the year and UNM's Chase Clayton is the preseason special teams player of the year.

2013 Mountain West Football Predicted Order of Finish

Mountain Division

1.Boise State

2.Utah State

3.Air Force

4.Wyoming

5.Colorado State

6. New Mexico

 

West Division

1.Fresno State

2.San Diego State

3.San Jose State

4.Nevada

5.UNLV

6.Hawai'i

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