Boise State No. 19 in Preseason Coaches Poll

2013-08-01T10:04:00Z Boise State No. 19 in Preseason Coaches PollTimes-News Twin Falls Times-News
August 01, 2013 10:04 am  • 

The Boise State football team will start the season from No. 19.

That's where the Broncos fell in the preseason coaches poll, released Thursday morning by USA Today, which is responsible for collecting votes.

This is the fifth straight year Boise State has been ranked in the coaches' preseason Top 25.

None of Boise State's opponents were ranked. Fresno State was sixth-highest among “others receiving votes,” while Utah State, BYU and season-opening opponent Washington also received votes.

This is the first time in four seasons Boise State won't open against a ranked opponent from a BCS conference.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.

Half the top 10 is from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven national championships, includ-ing three in the last four years by Alabama.

South Carolina is No. 7 and Florida is No. 10. No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville round out the top 10. No. 13 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25. Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.

Idaho faces one preseason-ranked team, No. 12 Florida State, and four others that received votes: Fresno State, Arkansas State, Mississippi and Northern Illinois.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen is among the voters this season, as are BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham. The coaches poll constitutes one of three polls that determine the BCS standings.

Click here for the full poll and to see which coaches are voting.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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