By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Pollspeak.com, which analyzes college football polls, has put together a chart showing the most underrated and overrated teams in the preseason AP Top 25 over the past five years.
The most underrated: Boise State.
The Broncos have been ranked in the preseason a net 38 spots lower than where they finished since 2006. They finished higher than their preseason ranking three times (2006, 2008, 2009) and lower than their preseason ranking twice (2007, 2010).
Most notably, the Broncos were unranked in the preseason in 2006 and finished No. 5.
Of the 13 most underrated programs, eight play in Western conferences: Boise State, TCU, Utah, Stanford, Oregon, BYU, Nevada and Oregon State.
The most overrated teams are California, Texas, USC, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Clemson, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
The AP Top 25 preseason poll will be released Saturday.
Boise State ranks 38th in Collegiate Licensing Co.’s annual list of schools that generated the most royalties on merchandise sales. The rankings are based on July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, and only include schools represented by CLC.
The top five are Texas, Alabama, Florida, Auburn and Michigan. Among the schools that ranked behind Boise State were Mississippi, TCU, Washington State, Maryland, Virginia, Utah, Connecticut, Stanford, Colorado and BYU.
Offensive line coach Chris Strausser said it’s still too early to tell who will win the battle at right guard between senior Chuck Hayes and sophomore Jake Broyles. The scrimmage Saturday should help him evaluate them.
The best play at practice today belonged to freshman nickel Corey Bell, who made a goal-line interception.
Random stat: Boise State only has five offensive skill position players who aren’t scheduled to return next year — quarterback Kellen Moore, wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker, tailback Doug Martin, tight end Kyle Efaw and fullback Dan Paul.