Hawaii picked to win WAC; Idaho selected sixth in preseason poll

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Hawaii, in its final season in the Western Athletic Conference, was tabbed to win the league in a preseason vote by league coaches and media members. Warriors' quarterback Bryant Moniz was selected as the preseason offensive player of the year.

Idaho was picked to finish sixth in the league by both coaches and media.

Fresno State finished second behind Hawaii and Nevada was third. All three football teams are headed to the Mountain West after this season.

Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner was the preseason defensive player of the year.

WAC Preseason Media Poll

1. Hawaii (18), 292
2. Fresno State (11), 284
3. Nevada (11), 264
4. Louisiana Tech, 184
5. Utah State (1), 166
6. Idaho, 141
7. San Jose State, 85
8. New Mexico State, 60

WAC Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Hawaii (5), 47
2. Fresno State (1), 41
3. Nevada (2), 40
4. Louisiana Tech, 31
5. Utah State, 22
6. Idaho, 21
7. San Jose State, 15
8. New Mexico State, 7

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It must just suck to be an Idaho Vandal fan these days

I mean...look at that...top three teams in league are slated to move on and it gets really boring when you look at what's left...and Idaho is picked to be in the bottom three of the leftovers.

Yup

And they may possibly go into New Mexico St 0-6 or 1-5. And not having any of their games televised gives them no motivation. Potentially a damaging year for them, hopefully the fans show up in the dome.

What?

Five of six home games are televised and two away games are scheduled to be televised...and that is not counting the BYU, Virgina and Texas A&M games. So what do you mean that the games are not televised?

Regional

Your talking regional coverage. Nothing nationally, the local coverage of the games have been so bad its better to listen on the radio.

What do you mean

these days? When did it not suck to be an Idaho fan?

I understand what you're trying to say...

but they did have a pretty good run there in the 80's through early 90's...including what...12? 13? in a row over our beloved Broncos. I'm sure it didn't suck back then. But now...whew...it must be miserable.

Who in the media picked Utah State for first?

Are they high?

Utah State 1st?

Must have been the Herald Journal out of Logan. Just a little too much homerism.

Historically not good

around .400 all-time winning percentage.
had 30+ year stretch WITHOUT a winning season and only like 3 .500 seasons in that time.

80s-90s only winning period they had.

(BTW Boise St. is in Top 10 all-time winning percentage)