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Hindsight is 20/20, to the chagrin of OBNUG's picks

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With the regular season over and done with for the WAC's teams (note: Hawaii's season will actually end Saturday vs. Cincinnati; Idaho's season ended in October), we thought it would be responsible of us to take a look back at our halcyon predictions of the preseason and shake our heads in abject disappointment in how horribly off we were on so many of our guesses.

Won't you join us?

OBNUG's Preseason WAC offensive player of the year: QB Nick Graziano, Nevada
Actual WAC offensive player of the year: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

Our excuse: So we got the wrong Nevada quarterback. It could have been worse; we could have picked Tom Brandstater. Our reasoning behind Graziano was that Kaepernick wouldn't last the whole season at QB either due to injury or ineffectiveness. We thought Graziano would fill in capably and hand off to Luke Lippincott a lot.

OBNUG's Preseason WAC defensive player of the year: DE Jeff Schweiger, San Jose State
Actual WAC defensive player of the year: DT Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State, and LB Solomon Elimimian, Hawaii

Our excuse: So we got the wrong San Jose State defensive lineman. Truthfully, we had a feeling that the winner of the DPOY would come from San Jose State since that team is so horribly one-dimensional that if they were to win anywhere near six games, it would take a herculean effort from the defense. As for the Solomon Elimimian swing-and-a-miss, we blame the coaches for voting for the wrong guy.

WAC standings


Idaho Vandals
Predicted: 4-8 overall, 3-5 conference
Actual: 2-10, 1-7
Our excuse: We were on a lot of medication at the time of this pick. And Deonte Jackson proved to be a bigger tool than we expected.

New Mexico State Aggies
Predicted: 1-11 overall, 0-8 conference
Actual: 3-9 overall, 1-7 conference
Our excuse: To our credit, no one in the entire world except for Chase Holbrook's dad would have predicted that the Aggies get their lone conference win against Nevada, at Nevada.

Utah State Aggies
Predicted: 2-10 overall, 1-7 conference
Actual: 3-9 overall, 3-5 conference
Our excuse: We had never heard of Diondre Borel.

LaTech Bulldogs
Predicted: 7-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Actual: 7-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Our excuse: Surprisingly, we don't need one on this.

Fresno State Bulldogs
Predicted: 6-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Actual: 7-5 overall, 4-4 conference
Our excuse: Apart from not picking enough total games for them, we do not feel that we need to make an excuse for being one of the very few media outlets who picked Fresno to lose anywhere near three conference games. What's that? We're not considered a media outlet? Right. Our bad.

Hawaii Warriors
Predicted: 5-8 overall, 4-4 conference
Actual: 7-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Our excuse: Who knew McMackin could coach?

San Jose State Spartans
Predicted: 6-6 overall, 4-4 conference
Actual: 6-6 overall, 4-4 conference
Our excuse: We know San Jose State too well.

Nevada Wolf Pack
Predicted: 8-4 overall, 6-2 conference
Actual: 7-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Our excuse: Had Nevada not lost to New Mexico State, we would have been spot on with our pick for the Wolf Pack. Once again, Colin Kaepernick has found a way to screw with us.

Boise State
Predicted: undefeated
Actual: undefeated
Our excuse: Well, we do pick the Broncos to go undefeated every year.