BRONCOS RANKED 14TH BY THE ASSOCIATE PRESS / HIGHEST PRESEASON RANKING IN SCHOOL HISTORY

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            BOISE, Idaho - The Associated Press released its 2009 preseason collegiate football rankings this weekend and Boise State University achieved its highest preseason ranking in school history at No. 14.

            The AP poll was the final major news outlet to release its preseason rankings.  The Broncos were ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll on Aug. 7, while SportingNews.com also has Boise State ranked 14th.

            The previous high preseason ranking came prior to the start of the 2005 season when Boise State was ranked 18th in the AP media poll, and 19th in the coaches' poll.

            Defending national champion the University of Florida is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll receiving 58 of the 60 ballots cast for 1,498 points.  The Gators were also the preseason No. 1 in the coaches' poll with 53 of the 59 first place votes for 1,466 points.

            Just like in the coaches' poll, the AP also had the same top five teams.  The University of Texas with the remaining two first place votes and 1,424 points, followed by the University of Oklahoma with 1,370 points, USC with 1,313 points and the University of Alabama with 1,156 points.

            Boise State was the highest ranked teams among the non-Bowl Championship Series teams.  TCU came in at No. 17 with the University of Utah 19th and BYU 20th

            The Broncos opening opponent (Sept. 3, Thursday), the University of Oregon is ranked 16th by the AP.

            Boise State is coming off a 12-1 record last season capturing its sixth Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship and its seventh straight postseason bowl appearance.  The Broncos ended the 2008 season ranked 13th in the coaches' poll and 11th in the media poll.

            The preseason rankings mark the ninth straight year Boise State has been ranked in the top 25 for a least one week of a football season.  The streak started in 2002 with the Broncos being ranked three difference weeks.  Boise State was ranked five times in 2003, 10 times in 2004, once in 2005, 10 in 2006, seven in 2007 and 10 different weeks last year.

            Boise State's all-time highest ranking in both polls came at the end of the 2006 season following its 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  The Broncos were ranked No. 5 by the AP and No. 6 by the coaches in the final 2006 rankings.

            Following is the complete Associated Press preseason poll.                                                            

RANK       TEAM (First Place Votes)     2008 RECORD       POINTS    FINAL 2008 RANK

1.               Florida (58)                                      13-1                   1,498                      1

2.               Texas (2)                                          12-1                   1,424                      4

3.               Oklahoma                                        12-2                   1,370                      5

4.               USC                                                 12-1                   1,313                      3

5.               Alabama                                           12-2                   1,156                      6

6.               Ohio State                                        10-3                   1,113                      9

7.               Virginia Tech                                   10-4                   1,054                     15

8.               Ole Miss                                            9-4                    1,047                     14

9.               Oklahoma State                                 9-4                     989                      16

9.               Penn State                                        11-2                    989                       8

11.             LSU                                                   8-5                     914                      NR

12.             California                                          9-4                     746                      NR

13.             Georgia                                            10-3                    714                      13

14.             Boise State                                       12-1                    659                      11

15.             Georgia Tech                                     9-4                     593                      22

16.             Oregon                                             10-3                    587                      10

17.             TCU                                                 11-2                    521                       7

18.             Florida State                                      9-4                     307                      21

19.             Utah                                                 13-0                    289                       2

20.             BYU                                                 10-3                    267                      25

21.             North Carolina                                  8-5                     216                      NR

22.             Iowa                                                  9-4                     229                      20

23.             Notre Dame                                       7-6                     225                      NR

24.             Nebraska                                           9-4                     207                      NR

25.             Kansas                                              8-5                     134                      NR

 

Others receiving votes

Oregon State 122, Illinois 105, Pittsburgh 103, Michigan State 100, Rutgers 83, Texas Tech 76, West Virginia 57, Cincinnati 44, Clemson 42, Miami (Fla.) 40, East Carolina 30, Tennessee 15, Arizona 13, North Carolina State 10, Boston College 9, Central Michigan 7, Auburn 7, UCLA 7, Northwestern 5, South Florida 3, Southern Miss 3, Vanderbilt 3, Missouri 3, South Carolina 2, Nevada 1, Arkansas 1, Houston 1, Troy 1, Tulsa 1.