Broncos Picked to Win Mountain Division (PHOTO GALLERY)

July 22, 2013

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LAS VEGEAS -Boise State was predicted to win the Mountain West Football Mountain Division in 2013 by a poll of media members that cover the conference, the league announced Monday at its annual Media Days.

This season will be the first for divisional play in the Mountain West, with the two division winners squaring off in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game, held Dec. 7, at the home stadium of the team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings.

Fresno State was predicted to win the Mountain West Football West Division.

Boise State was predicted to win the league in each of its two previous seasons in the Mountain West, finishing second in 2011, and sharing the title with San Diego State and Fresno State in 2012.

The Broncos received 40 of a possible 41 first-place votes to lead the Mountain Division, and a total of 245 points. Utah State received the other first-place vote, and finished with 204 points.

The Bulldogs received 39 first-place votes, leading the West Division with 243 points. San Diego State (181) and San Jose State (172) each received one first-place vote.

A complete look at the preseason polls can be found below:

Mountain Division
1. Boise State (40) - 245
2. Utah State (1) - 204
3. Air Force - 143
4. Wyoming - 116
5. Colorado State - 90
6. New Mexico - 63

West Division
1. Fresno State (39) - 243
2. San Diego State (1) - 181
3. San Jose State (1) - 172
4. Nevada - 135
5. UNLV - 71
6. Hawai'i - 59

Additionally, the league announced the 2013 Preseason All-Mountain West Team, which included three Broncos.

Redshirt senior center Matt Paradis and redshirt senior left tackle Charles Leno, Jr. were each named to the team on offense, while redshirt junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrencewas the lone Bronco named to the squad on defense.

The Broncos' three selections are tied for the third-most in the league with New Mexico and San Diego State. Fresno State boasted a league-high seven preseason all-league candidates, including both the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - senior quarterback Derek Carr - and the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - junior defensive back Derron Smith.

San Jose State had the second-most preseason all-league selections with five.

Paradis and Lawrence were each named first-team All-MW in 2012, while Leno garnered second-team honors.

Boise State was the only team in the conference to produce two preseason All-MW selections along the offensive line.

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