Broncos No. 7 in USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll

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                BOISE, Idaho - For the second straight season, Boise State's football team begins the season ranked among the top 10 in the country with a No. 7 selection in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll released this morning (Aug. 4).

                Oklahoma begins the 2011 season in the No. 1 spot followed by Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Florida State, Stanford and Boise State. 

                The Broncos started last season at No. 5 in the coaches' poll, the highest preseason ranking in school history, before ending the season at No. 7 with a 12-1 overall record and a victory in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

                This also marks the third straight year Boise State has appeared in the top-25 of the coaches' preseason poll.  In 2009, the Broncos were picked No. 16 in the preseason poll. 

                Oklahoma received 42 first place votes and 1,454 points.  The remaining first place votes went to Alabama with 13, while Oregon and LSU each received two first place votes. 

                Boise State received 1,065 points, just 36 points behind No. 6 Stanford.                                                

                The Broncos opening opponent is also ranked in the top-25.  Georgia begins the 2011 season ranked No. 22.  Boise State will face the Bulldogs on Sept. 3 (Saturday) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the Chick fil'A Kickoff Game.  Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

                A second opponent on Boise State's 2011 schedule is also listed.  TCU is ranked No. 15 and will travel to Bronco Stadium for a Mountain West Conference game on Nov. 11 (Saturday).

                Following is the complete 2011 USA Today Coaches top-25 preseason poll:

Rank      Team (First-Place Votes)                 2010 Record             Points       Final 2010 Ranking

1.            Oklahoma (42)                                              12-2                      1,454                          6

2.            Alabama (13)                                                 13-3                      1,414                        11

3.            Oregon (2)                                                      12-1                      1,309                          3

4.            LSU (2)                                                             11-2                      1,296                         8t

5.            Florida State                                                  10-4                      1,116                        16

6.            Stanford                                                          12-1                      1,101                          4

7.            Boise State                                                     12-1                      1,065                          7

8.            Oklahoma State                                           11-2                        933                          10

9.            Texas A&M                                                      9-4                         885                          21

10.          Wisconsin                                                       11-2                        829                          8t

11.          Nebraska                                                        10-4                        814                          19

12.          South Carolina                                                9-5                         779                          22

13.          Virginia Tech                                                  11-3                        767                          15

14.          Arkansas                                                         10-3                        750                          12

15.          TCU                                                                   13-0                        687                           2

16.          Ohio State                                                      12-1                        631                           5

17.          Michigan State                                              11-2                        536                          14

18.          Notre Dame                                                    8-5                         440                         NR

19.          Auburn                                                            14-0                        319                           1

20.          Mississippi State                                            9-4                         301                          17

21.          Missouri                                                          10-3                        266                          18

22.          Georgia                                                             6-7                         260                         NR

23.          Florida                                                               8-5                         240                         NR

24.          Texas                                                                 5-7                         162                         NR

24.          Penn State                                                       7-6                         161                         NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona 158; West Virginia 149; Utah 50; Miami (Fla.) 49; Iowa 41; Northwestern 30; Arizona 28; Central Florida 22; Michigan 19; Air Force 15; North Carolina 14; Houston 13; South Florida 9; Hawai'i 8; Clemson 7; Tennessee 7; Southern Miss 6; BYU 5; North Carolina State 4; Northern Illinois 4; Oregon State 4; Pittsburgh 3; Washington 3; Georgia Tech 1; Nevada 1