Bronco Beat

Boise State football team opens at No. 24 in Coaches Poll

The Boise State football team landed at No. 24 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll – the 14th straight season that the Broncos have made an appearance in one of college football’s major polls.

The Broncos received 190 points in voting after going 12-2 last season with Mountain West and Fiesta Bowl titles. They return 18 starters but lost their star quarterback and tailback.

Boise State is the only Group of Five team that received more than five points in voting. The others who received votes are Air Force (five), Louisiana Tech (five), Marshall (four), Utah State (four), Georgia Southern (two), Central Florida (one) and Cincinnati (one). Other Boise State opponents receiving votes were BYU (three) and Washington (one).

Washington coach Chris Petersen is a voter. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin isn’t.

The top of the poll goes Ohio State, TCU, Alabama, Baylor, Oregon.

Boise State was by far the lowest-ranked team that’s coming off a win in a New Year’s Six bowl. The others: 1. Ohio State, 2. TCU, 5. Oregon, 6. Michigan State, 17. Georgia Tech.

Full poll here.

The Associated Press Top 25 will be released Aug. 23.

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As Chris Petersen gets ready to face the media at Pac-12 media days today, here’s what he told us about opening the season against his former players.

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MOUNTAIN WEST MEDIA DAYS COVERAGE

Wednesday: Broncos eager to face Chris Petersen

Wednesday: Finley, Rick Smith eligible as season starts

Wednesday: News and notes

Wednesday: Group of Five qualifier likely headed to Peach Bowl

Wednesday: Live chat with Bryan Harsin

Wednesday: Live chat with Darian Thompson and Rees Odhiambo

Wednesday: Ryan Finley likely won’t be suspended

Tuesday: QB questions surround Mountain West

Tuesday: MW QB battles primer

Tuesday: Rivals will miss playing Broncos

Tuesday: News and notes from media days

Tuesday: Mountain West made nearly $1.3 million from title game in Boise

Tuesday: Idaho Statesman to hold live chats with Harsin, players

Tuesday: Rocky Long still doesn’t buy Blue’s ‘mystique’

Tuesday: Boise State favored to win Mountain Division; preseason player awards

Monday: Fall depth chart released

Monday: Live chat to preview media days

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