Boise State football starts at No. 19 in USA Today Coaches’ Poll

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will open the 2013 season ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which was released Thursday morning.

The Broncos are the only non-Bowl Championship Series team in the top 25, giving them an inside track toward a BCS berth in the final year under the old system.

Fresno State is 31st in the poll. Boise State coach Chris Petersen is a voter again.

The Broncos finished at No. 14 last season in the USA Today poll — the fifth straight year and ninth time in 11 years that they finished in the top 20.

They have started in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for five straight years now — No. 16 in 2009, No. 5 in 2010, No. 7 in 2011, No. 22 in 2012 and No. 19 this year.

The Associated Press preseason poll will be released Aug. 17.

Here is the full USA Today preseason poll:

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and ranking in final 2012 poll:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,545 1
2. Ohio State (3) 12-0 1,427 NR
3. Oregon 12-1 1,397 2
4. Stanford 12-2 1,262 6
5. Georgia 12-2 1,250 4
6. Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1,215 5
7. South Carolina 11-2 1,136 7
8. Clemson 11-2 1,047 9
9. Louisville 11-2 1,010 13
10. Florida 11-2 930 10
11. Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12. Florida State 12-2 844 8
13. LSU 10-3 797 12
14. Oklahoma State 8-5 726 NR
15. Texas 9-4 622 18
16. Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17. Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18. Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19. Boise State 11-2 420 14
20. TCU 7-6 400 NR
21. UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22. Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23. Wisconsin 8-6 172 NR
24. Southern Cal 7-6 165 NR
25. Oregon State 9-4 135 19
Others receiving votes: Kansas State 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt 29; Utah State 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois 19; Tulsa 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.

List of Voters
The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2013 season: David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Todd Graham, Arizona State; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Joey Jones, South Alabama; June Jones, Southern Methodist; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George OLeary, Central Florida; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Don Treadwell, Miami (Ohio); Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Kyle Whittingham, Utah. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

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Here’s how Boise State has fared in the final polls since its first Top 25 season, in 2002:

2002—15 (AP)—12 (USA)
2003—16—15
2004—12—13
2005—NR—NR
2006—5—6
2007—NR—NR
2008—11—13
2009—4—4
2010—9—7
2011—8—6
2012—18—14


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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