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Media, Coaches Snub Idaho in Preseason Polls

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Idaho head coach Robb Akey led the Vandals to a victory in last season's Humanitarian Bowl (Photo: SWX) Idaho head coach Robb Akey led the Vandals to a victory in last season's Humanitarian Bowl (Photo: SWX)

Despite an impressive season last year and a dramatic win over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl, both the media and coaches expect the Idaho Vandals to be a middle-of-the-pack football team in the Western Athletic Conference this season.

The Vandals were picked No. 6 in the WAC coaches preseason poll on Monday. Sports writers gave Akey's Army a little more respect with a No. 4 preseason ranking.

Defending champion Boise State was the clear favorite again, with Nevada coming in second and Fresno State in third.  The coaches picked both Utah State and Hawaii to finish ahead of the Vandals.   In the media poll, writers picked Idaho to finish ahead of Louisiana Tech, Utah State, Hawaii, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

Boise State returns the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in junior quarterback Kellen Moore, who is 26-1 as a starter.

Nevada finished the season last year with an 8-5 overall record, 7-1 in the WAC. The Wolfpack played in the Hawaii Bowl last season, their fifth consecutive bowl appearance.  They return the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in senior defensive end Dontay Moch.

Utah State's No. 4 conference preseason ranking is its highest since joining the WAC in 2005.

The media also voted on preseason players of the year, with Boise State's Moore coming in as the clear favorite for Offensive Player of the Year and Nevada's Moch the favorite on defense.

2010 WAC Preseason Coaches Poll 2010 WAC Preseason Media Poll
1. Boise State (8)
2. Nevada (1)
3. Fresno State
4. Utah State
5. Hawaii
6. Idaho
7. Louisiana Tech
8. New Mexico State
9. San Jose State
1. Boise State (42)
2. Nevada (1)
3. Fresno State
4. Idaho
5. Louisiana Tech
6. Utah State
7. Hawaii
8. New Mexico State
9. San Jose State
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