The Broncos are No. 1 in both the WAC media and coaches’ polls released Monday. The defending champions received eight of the nine top votes from coaches, who aren’t allowed to vote for their own teams. Boise State was also the top pick on all but one of the 43 media ballots.
This is the third straight year Boise State has been picked No. 1 by the media in the preseason and second season in a row the Broncos have led the coaches’ picks. The Broncos are headed to the Mountain West Conference next year and would love to close out their run through the WAC with an eighth title in the last nine years.
‘‘We’re all about the WAC and we’re all about this season. That has been our entire focus,’’ coach Chris Petersen said at the league’s media day Monday. ‘‘The WAC has been awesome to Boise State.’’
Nevada is No. 2 in both polls, followed by Fresno State. The coaches’ poll has Utah State at No. 4, which is the Aggies’ highest preseason pick since they joined the league five years ago.
‘‘I think that is something that our team can look at as a positive in that they’re gaining the respect of the coaches in the league, and that’s important,’’ said coach Gary Andersen, who is entering his second season with the Aggies.
Idaho comes in at No. 4 in the media poll after last year’s turnaround and sixth in the coaches. Hawaii was voted fifth by the coaches and No. 7 in the media, while Louisiana Tech is seventh in the coaches’ poll and No. 5 in the media poll. Both polls have New Mexico State at No. 8 and San Jose State ninth.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is also the preseason offensive player of the year after throwing for 39 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Nevada end Dontay Moch is the preseason defensive player of the year after helping lead the Wolf Pack to a 7-1 league record last year with 20 tackles for a loss.