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Boise State, San Diego State picked as Mountain West football preseason favorites

Boise State and San Diego State, the preseason favorites in the Mountain West, will meet Oct. 14 in San Diego, their first matchup since 2014.
Boise State and San Diego State, the preseason favorites in the Mountain West, will meet Oct. 14 in San Diego, their first matchup since 2014.

The Boise State football team was picked to win the Mountain West’s Mountain Division on Tuesday in the preseason poll — continuing the Broncos’ streak of being picked first in their division or conference for all seven years they’ve been in the Mountain West.

The Broncos were picked by the conference’s media as the Mountain Division favorite, garnering 21 of 28 first-place votes. San Diego State was the unanimous choice in the West Division. It is the third consecutive year the Broncos and Aztecs were picked to win their divisions.

“Obviously it’s nice to be picked to first to win ... but it’s preseason, we’ve been picked to win it for how many years now? We haven’t got it done the last couple years, so really that’s all white noise at this point,” Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien said.

On Oct. 14, Boise State and San Diego State face off in San Diego for their first meeting since 2014.

“They beat us, so we’ve still got that bad taste in our mouth, we’re ready to get after them this year,” San Diego State defensive back Kameron Kelly said.

[Related: Here’s why our beat writer didn’t vote for Boise State]

[Related: Two Broncos stars missing from all-conference team]

Here is the preseason poll, first-place votes in parentheses followed by total points:

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

1. Boise State (21) 161

2. Colorado State (6) 135

3. Wyoming (1) 134

4. Air Force 82

5. New Mexico 68

6. Utah State 28

WEST DIVISION

1. San Diego State (28) 168

2. Hawaii 135

3. UNLV 105

4. Nevada 79

5. San Jose State 54

6. Fresno State 47

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