MWC News & Notes: Boise State Ranked for 17th Consecutive Season
Boise State is ranked No. 22 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top-25 entering the 2018 season. The Broncos are the highest ranked Group of 5 team in the Amway Coaches Poll. This is the 17th consecutive season the Broncos have been nationally ranked for at least one week.
Additionally, Fresno State is receiving votes in both polls, while San Diego State is receiving votes in the Amway Coaches Poll.
BUILDING ON 2017
Last season, Fresno State became the second FBS program in history to go from double-digit losses one season (1-11) to double-digit wins the next (10-4), joining Miami (Ohio) from 2010.
Mountain West teams have recorded the nation’s largest win improvement in the last two seasons. Fresno State had a nine-game win improvement in 2017, while Wyoming tied for the best nationally with a six-game win improvement in 2016.
NOT JUST A FLASH IN THE PAN
-- In the last three seasons, San Diego State has up 32 victories, which is the most among the Group of 5 and sixth-best nationally, trailing only Alabama (41), Clemson (40), Ohio State (35), Oklahoma (34) and Wisconsin (34).
-- Head coach Rocky Long has led the Aztecs to a bowl game in his first seven seasons. Long is the all-time winningest head coach in Mountain West history (129-98).
-- San Diego State, which travels to nationally-ranked Stanford on Friday, has defeated Pac-12 opponents in three consecutive contests (Cal in 2016, Arizona State and Stanford in 2017).
-- Boise State has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. This year, the Broncos travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Since 2010, BSU has compiled a 12-8 (.600) record against current Autonomous 5 programs. The Broncos have defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.
-- Boise State has made 16 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest streak among Group of 5 institutions and sixth-best nationally.
-- Over the last 14 seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.560), trailing only the SEC (.628).
MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
203 - NFL Draft selections
90 - Bowl appearances
20 - The MW began its 20th football season on Saturday, Aug. 25
15 - Consensus All-Americans
14 - In the past 14 years, the MW has been the top G5 conference eight times and second on four occasions
10 - NFL first-round draft selections
7 - Major national award winners
4 - BCS/CFP Bowl victories
1 - College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (New Mexico’s Brian Urlacher)
(NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS)
- .Boise quarterback Brett Rypien enters the year as the FBS’ active leading passer with 9,876 yards.
- .Boise has produced a 1,000-yd rusher in nine straight seasons. Junior Alexander Mattison returns after rushing for 1,086 yards in 2017.
- .Quarterbacks Brett Rypien of Boise and Christian Chapman of San Diego State rank in the top-5 nationally for highest win percentage among active FBS signal-callers.
- .San Diego State has compiled a 32-9 record over the last three seasons. The Aztecs are searching for their fourth consecutive 10-win season, which would be the longest-stretch in program history.
- The Aztecs’ 32 victories in the last three years are the sixth-most nationally and the most among the Group of 5, trailing only Alabama (41), Clemson (40), Ohio State (35), Oklahoma (34) and Wisconsin (34).
- .Chapman is one win away from becoming the winningest signal-caller in program history, surpassing Ryan Lindley (2008-11). Chapman enters the year with 23 career victories.
- .Wyoming hosts Washington State on Saturday. The Cowboys are searching for their first victory against an Autonomous 5 opponent since Nov. 8, 2008 (Def. Tennessee, 13-7).
- .Wyoming's Andrew Wingard has369 career tackles, 86 short of setting the MW record held by Carmen Messina New Mexico.
- .Utah State opens the season at nationally-ranked Michigan State (Aug. 31). The Aggies have won four of their last nine contests against Top-25 opponents.
- .Colorado State quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels threw for 537 yards against Hawauuin the Rams’ season-opening loss, tied for the second-most in MW history for a single game.
- .Rams wide receiver Preston Williams hauled in nine receptions for a career-best 188 yards and two touchdowns in his CSU debut last Saturday. Williams transferred from Tennessee and sat out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
- Hawaii is looking to earn back-to-back FBS wins for the first time since 2016, when the Rainbow Warriors won three-consecutive games to end the year.
- .UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers returns after earning MW Freshman of the Year honors in 2017. Last season, Rogers was one of only five players nationally to average 140 passing yards & 75 rushing yards per game.
- UNLV running back Lexington Thomas is 1,250 rushing yards shy of becoming the program’s career leading rusher. Earning that would also place Thomas in fifth-place all-time in Mountain West history.