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First major preseason poll is out: where does Boise State football stand?

No Mountain West Conference teams are ranked in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, but the Boise State Broncos are close.

Tied with Notre Dame with 49 points, Boise State is four spots outside the top 25. Also from the Mountain West are San Diego State (18 points), Wyoming (nine) and Colorado State (one). Also appearing in the poll among Boise State’s 2017 opponents are Washington State, which at 99 points is the first team outside being ranked, BYU (10 points) and Troy (six).

Boise State is second among Group of Five teams, behind only No. 21 South Florida. The Bulls went 11-2 last season. FYI, in last season’s preseason coaches poll, the Broncos were three spots outside the top 25.

The Associated Press preseason rankings will be released Aug. 21.

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Alabama (49)

14-1

1603

2

2. Ohio State (5)

11-2

1512

6

3. Florida State (4)

10-3

1434

8

4. Southern Cal

10-3

1415

5

5. Clemson (7)

14-1

1367

1

6. Penn State

11-3

1257

7

7. Washington

12-2

1245

4

8. Oklahoma

11-2

1237

3

9. Michigan

10-3

959

10

10. Wisconsin

11-3

936

9

11. Oklahoma State

10-3

912

11

12. LSU

8-4

834

14

13. Auburn

8-5

819

22

14. Stanford

10-3

732

12

15. Georgia

8-5

701

NR

16. Florida

9-4

681

13

17. Louisville

9-4

676

20

18. Miami

9-4

472

23

19. Kansas State

9-4

339

NR

20. West Virginia

10-3

319

17

21. South Florida

11-2

247

19

22. Virginia Tech

10-4

235

16

23. Texas

5-7

193

NR

24. Tennessee

9-4

155

24

25. Utah

9-4

109

21

Others receiving votes: Washington State 99, Colorado 72, TCU 58, Boise State 49, Notre Dame 49, Texas A&M 46, Pittsburgh 45, N.C. State 39, Oregon 37, Northwestern 25, Nebraska 23, Memphis 22, Arkansas 22, Mississippi State 19, San Diego State 18, Appalachian State 11, BYU 10, Georgia Tech 10, Tulsa 10, Wyoming 9, Western Michigan 8, Temple 8, North Carolina 8, Houston 7, Troy 6, Minnesota 6, Iowa 5, Louisiana Tech 4, Syracuse 3, Arizona 2, Army 1, Colorado State 1, Michigan State 1, Maryland 1, Toledo 1, UCLA 1.

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