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Preseason Polls And Watch Lists Not Friendly To Wyoming

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Cowboys receive little love in the opening day of Mountain West Football Media Day.


A 4-8 record in 2012 didn't garner much confidence for Mountain West media in their predictions for Wyoming. In Las Vegas the head coaches and key players met with the conference media today. A whole new era with a league record twelve teams and two new schools brings in plenty of question marks on what will take place.

In the newly formed formed Mountain Division the Cowboys ended up fourth out of six teams with 116 points. Boise State was the top team followed by a strong showing by Utah State. Air Force edged Wyoming for third place by 27 points.

Mountain West Media Preseason Poll

(First-place votes ) / Points
1. Boise State (40) / 245
2. Utah State (1) / 204
3. Air Force / 143
4. Wyoming / 116
5. Colorado State / 90
6. New Mexico / 63

(First-place votes) / Points
1. Fresno State (39) / 243
2. San Diego State (1)/ 181
3. San Jose State (1) / 172
4. Nevada / 135
5. UNLV / 71
6. Hawai`i / 59

In the Preseason All-Conference team there were no Cowboys listed. Check out the full listing here.

The previous weeks have been filled with preseason watch lists been released nearly every weekday. While plenty of Mountain West players made the lists, only a single Cowboy was named. Senior wide receiver Robert Herron was named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. The speedster had some huge games for the Pokes last year and is the most dangerous weapon for Brett Smith.

Speaking of Smith he was left off any preseason watch lists this summer despite his statistically impressive performance in 2012. It wouldn't be the first time in his career that Smith has been overlooked. I think any Poke fan knows that Smith excels at proving his doubters wrong. I'm sure Brett and his teammates will be focusing more on postseason awards that actually mean something.