SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Boise State University was once again picked by the league's head coaches and media to capture the 2010 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) football championship, as the league's annual media gathering gets underway for two days here in the capital city of Utah.
A winner of seven of the past eight WAC titles, Boise State was a unanimous selection by the head coaches receiving eight first place votes for a total of 73 points. The University of Nevada received the remaining first place votes as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
On the media side, the Broncos received 42 of the 43 votes cast the league's media members for 386 points. Nevada once again was selected to finish second with the remaining three first place votes and 333 points.
Both polls selected Fresno State to finish third, but each split with the middle spots rankings mixed. The coaches selected Utah State fourth, Hawai'I fifth, Idaho sixth and Louisiana Tech seventh. The media had Idaho fourth, Louisiana Tech fifth, Utah State sixth, and Hawai'I seventh. Both the coaches and media ranked New Mexico State eighth and San Jose State ninth.
Boise State finished the 2009 season with a 14-0 record, winning the WAC regular season title with a perfect 8-0 mark for the sixth time since 2002. The Broncos capped their perfect season with a 17-10 victory over TCU in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and enter the 2010 season tied with Alabama for the longest active winning streak in the nation at 14. Boise State returns the 2009 WAC Offensive Player of the Year in junior quarterback, Kellen Moore, who is 26-1 all-time as a starter.
Moore, a junior QB from Prosser, Wash., (Prosser HS) was second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 161.7 rating last year. He completed 277-of-431 passes for 3,536 yards and 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions while leading the Broncos to a perfect 14-0 record and a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. As a starter, Moore is now 26-1 in just two seasons. He was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year in 2008 and the Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Nevada defensive end Dontay Moch was selected the league's preseason defensive player of the year.
Bronco players report to preseason camp on Aug. 5 (Thursday) with the first practice day on Aug. 6 (Friday). The team will split up their practices between veterans and rookies, with the first practice where all the players participate together on Aug. 10 (Tuesday).
The 2010 season starts on Sept. 6 (Monday) when Boise State travels to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland to face Virginia Tech. The game kickoffs at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
|1||Boise State (8)||73|
|8||New Mexico State||21|
|9||San Jose State||17|
|1||Boise State (8)||386|
|5||Louisiana Tech ||200|
|8||New Mexico State||81|
|9||San Jose State||66|