Boise State Earned The Most Votes Among Mountain West
Four Mountain West teams earn votes.
2017 Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll
The initial USA Today coaches poll is out and there is little surprise that at the top it is Alabama and it is equally surprising that no Mountain West team is in the top 25.
Per usual, Boise State has earned the most points from the Mountain West, and second amongst any Group of Five team as South Florida is 21st, with 49 points which would tie them for 29th overall with Notre Dame.
San Diego State had 18 points, Wyoming with nine and Colorado State with a single point.
The positive is that there are four Mountain West teams are receiving points in the poll, and there was very little expectation that any Mountain West team would crack the top 25.
The sort of surprise is that Boise State gets the benefit of the doubt as being the top team from the Mountain West.
However, the Broncos have not been to the conference title game since 2014 and lose a few key offensive playmakers like running back Jeremy McNichols and wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck. The Broncos also return only 50 percent of their defensive production from last year.
With the track record of the Broncos it is hard not to give them the benefit of the doubt.
San Diego State and Colorado State are bigger surprises in getting the few amount of points they did. The Aztecs have won 22 games in two years and have won back-to-back Mountain West titles.
While they do lose the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher in Donnel Pumphrey, the Aztecs do return a 1,000 yard rusher in Rashaad Penny and his back up Juwan Washington is also really good. Perhaps it is that San Diego State plays in the West Division and lost four of their five starting offensive lineman from last season.
The Rams getting one vote is the most shocking. Colorado State boasts arguably the best offenses in the Mountain West and a defense that despite losing linebacker Kevin Davis returns a lot of talent.
The second half of last year is where the optimism is coming from for Colorado State. They won four of their final five regular season game, one of which was a 63-31 beatdown of San Diego State, and with a 7-6 record were still a top-40 team in S&P+.
With a strong second half and most of the talent returning it is odd to see the Rams earn just a single vote in the top-25.
Here is the complete poll:
1. Alabama (49) 1603
2. Ohio State (5) 1512
3. Florida State (4) 1434
4. USC 1415
5. Clemson (7) 1367
6. Penn State 1257
7. Washington 1245
8. Oklahoma 1237
9. Michigan 959
10. Wisconsin 936
11. Oklahoma State 912
12. LSU 834
13. Auburn 819
14. Stanford 732
15. Georgia 701
16. Florida 681
17. Louisville 676
18. Miami 472
19. Kansas State 339
20. West Virginia 319
21. South Florida 247
22. Virginia Tech 235
23. Texas 193
24. Tennessee 155
25. Utah 109
Others receiving votes: Washington State 99; Colorado 72; TCU 58; Boise State 49; Notre Dame 49; Texas A&M 46; Pittsburgh 45; North Carolina State 39; Oregon 37; Northwestern 25; Nebraska 23; Memphis 22; Arkansas 22; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Appalachian State 11; Brigham Young 10; Georgia Tech 10; Tulsa 10; Wyoming 9; Western Michigan 8; Temple 8; North Carolina 8; Houston 7; Troy 6; Minnesota 6; Iowa 5; Louisiana Tech 4; Syracuse 3; Arizona 2; Army 1; Colorado State 1; Michigan State 1; Maryland 1; Toledo 1; UCLA 1