Monday, July 21, 2008

Cowboys picked fifth; BYU No. 1

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Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn and his Cowboys were picked fifth in the MWC Media Preaseason Poll that was released on Monday.

By Wyoming

LAS VEGAS – As expected, the Wyoming Cowboys were picked fifth in the Mountain West Conference media poll released on Monday.

The Cowboys received 156 points in the voting that coincides with the annual preseason Media Days in Las Vegas.

Two-time defending Mountain West Conference football champion BYU was predicted to capture its third consecutive title in 2008. The Cougars made their second straight undefeated run in conference play in 2007, compiling an 8-0 mark against league opponents en route to an 11-2 overall record and a Top 20 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches (t-14), Associated Press (14) and Harris (18) polls.

BYU returns 10 starters from an offensive unit that ranked among the top 25 nationally in passing and total offense a year ago. The Cougars are led by first-team all-MWC honorees Max Hall (QB), Dennis Pitta (TE), Ray Feinga (OL) and Dallas Reynolds (OL). Three starters also return on defense for BYU, which ranked among the top 10 nationally in scoring, rushing and total defense. BYU, which enters the 2008 season with the nation’s longest win streak at 10 games, received 29 first-place votes and a total of 299 points.

Utah was chosen second with 274 points and five first-place votes. The Utes tied for third place (5-3) in conference play in 2007, winning eight of their last nine games and ending the season with a 9-4 mark overall. Utah, which enters the season with the nation’s second-longest bowl win streak at seven games, returns six starters from a defense that ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring, pass and total defense last season.

TCU was picked to finish third after posting an 8-5 record (4-4 MWC) and winning its third consecutive bowl game last season. The Horned Frogs, who return eight starters on offense and six on defense, totaled 239 points in the poll.

New Mexico was chosen fourth with 197 points, followed by Wyoming (5th – 156 points), Air Force (6th – 141 points), San Diego State (7th – 92 points), Colorado State (8th – 73 points) and UNLV (9th – 59 points).

2008 MWC Preseason Poll
1. BYU (29) -- 299
2. Utah (5) -- 274
3. TCU -- 239
4. New Mexico -- 197
5. Wyoming -- 156
6. Air Force -- 141
7. San Diego State -- 92
8. Colorado State -- 73
9. UNLV -- 59

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