Friday, July 11, 2008

My picks for WAC preseason poll

The Western Athletic Conference preseason football rankings will come out later this month. I was asked to give my rankings, 1-9, and here they are with a reason for each ranking.

1. Fresno State - Has several key players back back from last year's 9-4 season. Quarterback Tom Brandstater returns after throwing for 2,654 yards last year.
2. Boise State - Broncos are the league's most consistent program and the most high profile right now. Returns running back Ian Johnson.
3. Nevada - Team has strong offense, make that explosive. But does play very difficult schedule. Must go to Hawaii and Fresno State.
4. Louisiana Tech - Improved to 5-7 last season. Solid running back in Patrick Jackson, good coach in Derek Dooley.
5. San Jose State - Team benefited from plus-13 turnover ratio last year. Gets three transfers from BCS schools. Must replace starting quarterback from last year.
6. New Mexico State - Has new defensive coordinator and new 3-3-5 defense, which could help improve squad. Must stay healthy. Quarterback Chase Holbrook and receivers Chris Williams and A.J. Harris return.
7. Hawaii - Warriors lose head coach June Jones and QB Colt Brennan among others. Also lose top four receivers.
8. Idaho - The Vandals are more experienced tehis year, but that might not help. Was minus nine in turnover margin last year.
9. Utah State - The UtAgs has a bit more depth to work with this year, offense must improve and is added depth, quality?

- Felix