Boise State Picked To Win Big West Football Title

July 27, 2000

BOISE, Idaho - Defending Big West Conference champion, and winner of the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl, Boise State, was the top pick by the media and coaches to defend its football title in the upcoming season.

This year's voting took place at the annual football media day in Boise, on July 27.

The Broncos ran away from the rest of the pack in the media poll as they picked up 26 of 29 first-place votes. New Mexico State (two) and Idaho (one) were the two other schools to receive top votes.

In the coaches poll, Boise State garnered five first-place votes, while Idaho picked up the only other one.

Utah State didn't fare as well in the voting as the coaches picked the Aggies to finish in last place. In the media poll, USU was picked to finish fourth, slightly ahead of Arkansas State and North Texas.

"I am not surprised," first-year Aggie head coach Mick Dennehy said of the poll results, "but I hope they are wrong. We will do everything we can to prove them wrong.

"Polls are speculative and don't mean much to me. They get people talking and we can use this as incentive."

Being predicted to finish near the bottom is something new for Dennehy and his staff, considering his success at Montana.

"We are not used to being in this position," Dennehy said. "I think in all sports respect is important and we will play for that respect."

The Aggies are coming off a 4-7 season (tied for third in the Big West) and will look to turn things around in 2000, beginning at Texas Tech, Sept. 2.

MEDIA POLL Teams Points (1st Place Votes) 1. Boise State 169 (26) 2. New Mexico State 131 (2) 3. Idaho 124 (1) 4. Utah State 66 5. Arkansas State 63 6. North Texas 53

COACHES POLL Teams Points (1st Place Votes) 1. Boise State 25 (5) 2. Idaho 18 (1) 3. New Mexico State 18 4. Arkansas State 15 5. North Texas 8 6. Utah State 6



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