Boise State football ranked No. 22 in preseason Coaches Poll, kinda like old times

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22: Head Coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos shakes hands with Nick Alexander #81 before the game against the Air Force Falcons at Bronco Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The Boise State football team, fresh off a No. 6 finish in last year's Coaches Poll and fresh off losing most of that team to the NFL, is ranked No. 22 in the preseason Coaches Poll. The ranking is the lowest for the Broncos since 2008 when they didn't appear in the poll at all, and it reminds me of those halcyon days of the early 2000s when we watched the Broncos climb in the rankings week after week. Let's party like it's 2005, you guys!

Of interest to Bronco fans:

  • Michigan State is ranked No. 13.
  • Southern Miss and BYU also received some votes.
  • Chris Petersen voted (and will vote for the rest of the year).

The full Coaches Poll Top 25 is after the jump.

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank
1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2
2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1
3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR
4. Oklahoma 10-3 1,276 15
5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4
6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20
7. Florida State 9-4 1,055 23
8. Michigan 11-2 1,023 9
9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8
10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5
11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18
12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11
13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10
14. Clemson 10-4 598 22
15. Texas 8-5 549 NR
16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24
17. TCU 11-2 499 13
18. Stanford 11-2 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17
21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16
22. Boise State 12-1 271 6
23. Florida 7-6 250 NR
24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR
25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

Your turn

What do you think about Boise State's ranking? Too high? Too low? Share your thoughts in the comments

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