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Ole Miss football opens at No. 19 in Coaches Poll; Boise State gets votes

Jay Ajayi greets fans after their win. Boise State football vs. Fresno State on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.
Jay Ajayi greets fans after their win. Boise State football vs. Fresno State on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will open the season against a Top 25 team for the fifth time in six years.

Mississippi landed at No. 19 on Thursday in the preseason edition of the Amway Coaches Poll (formerly USA Today). Boise State plays Ole Miss at 6 p.m. MT Aug. 28 in Atlanta.

The Broncos received 13 points in voting by 62 head coaches but are unranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 2008.

Boise State has lost its past three games against ranked opponents — by one point to No. 24 TCU in 2011, by four points to No. 13 Michigan State in 2012 and by one point to No. 25 Fresno State in 2013. The Broncos were 8-3 in their previous 11 games against ranked teams.

The top vote-getters among the teams competing for the New Year’s Six bowl berth available to the five non-power conferences were UCF (102, 28th), Marshall (27, 37th), Boise State (13, 39th) and Louisiana (12, 40th). Others receiving votes included Cincinnati (6), Fresno State (4), Houston (2) and Northern Illinois (1).

Boise State opponents receiving votes included Mississippi, BYU (18 points), Louisiana and Fresno State. Those are four of the Broncos’ first eight opponents.

Also of note: defending champion Florida State is No. 1 (56 first-place votes), the Pac-12 has three of the top 11 teams (No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford) and Chris Petersen’s team at Washington is ranked No. 25.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin is not on the voting panel. Petersen is.

The Associated Press Top 25 will be released Aug. 17. I am a voter in that poll.

Boise State’s high-profile openers

2009: No. 14 Boise State 19, No. 16 Oregon 8

2010: No. 3 Boise State 33, No. 7 Virginia Tech 30

2011: No. 5 Boise State 35, No. 19 Georgia 21

2012: No. 13 Michigan State 17, No. 24 Boise State 13

2013: Washington 38, No. 19 Boise State 6

Harsin will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. today. I’ll have full coverage and video in the blog later today. Fall camp opens Friday.

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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