BOISE, Idaho - While the 2010 college football season ended just two weeks ago, several national media outlets have already started to release preseason rankings for the 2011 season and Boise State University is once again mentioned among the elite programs.
Coming off a 12-1 season and returning 15 starters, ESPN.com has the Broncos listed fifth in its early predictions. The web site stated, "It's hard to ignore Boise State's consistency under coach Chris Petersen, who has guided the Broncos to 12 victories or more in each of the last three seasons." It went on to say, "Quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin will be back to lead what should be another high-powered offense."
ESPN.com has Oklahoma in the No. 1 spot followed by Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Boise State.
Sporting News also has the Broncos in its preseason top 10 rankings at No. 9. The national magazine predicted, "Boise State will win the Mountain West in its first year in the conference, capping an undefeated regular season." It added, "Some faces will change, but Boise State will keep winning."
Oklahoma is also No. 1 in the Sporting News' preseason rankings followed by Oregon, Stanford, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Boise State and Virginia Tech rounding out the top 10.
SI.com has the Broncos just out of the top 10 at No. 11 in its preseason rankings. The national web site stated, "It only seems as if a vast majority of Boise State's roster has been playing since the Clinton administration because so many of these players started as freshmen. The Broncos still bring back seven starters from last year's defense, and quarterback Kellen Moore will be back for his fourth season as the starter."
Again, Oklahoma was the No. 1 pick in the SI.com preseason poll. Oregon was No. 2 followed by LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State, Texas A&M, TCU, South Carolina and Florida State to round out its top 10.
Boise State comes in at No. 13 in CBSSports.com's preseason rankings. The web site stated, "Nothing has changed as far as Boise State's championship hopes. The Broncos know they'll likely have to win them all to have a chance in their first year in the Mountain West. The thing is, Boise State has a chance to win them all with quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin returning."
CBSSports.com went away from the other three national media outlets and picked LSU to start the season at No. 1. Oklahoma is at No. 2 followed by Oregon, Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Michigan State and Wisconsin to round out its top 10. Florida State and Arkansas are just ahead of the Broncos at No. 11 and 12, respectively.
Boise State began the 2010 season ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches' poll. The Broncos finished the season ranked seventh in the final USA Today Coaches' poll and ninth in the Associated Press media poll following its 26-3 win over Utah in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
The Broncos open the 2011 season on Sept. 3 (Saturday) in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome against the University of Georgia. Boise State's non-conference schedule is tentatively set and available to see on the athletic web site at www.broncosports.com.
The Mountain West Conference schedule for this upcoming season is expected to be announced sometime in March.