LAS VEGAS, Nev., -- Were you shocked to see two media members voted the Cowboys will claim a division crown and punch their ticket to the Mountain West Conference title game this December?

It's rare. But it's happened before.

Wyoming has now earned first-place votes five times in the 23-year history of the league:

* 2021 (two votes)

* 2020 (one vote)

* 2017 (one vote)

* 2005 (five votes)

* 1999 (five votes)

Of course, the Cowboys have yet to win an outright conference title. This fall, the majority of the media aren't predicting it either.  Boise State received 23 votes to finish atop the Mountain Division. Nevada (19) is the popular pick to win the West though defending champion San Jose State (five) and Fresno State (one) both snagged a first-place vote.

Here's how the media voted:

Mountain Division:

1. Boise State (23)

2. Wyoming (2)

3. Air Force

4. Colorado State

5. Utah State

6. New Mexico

 

West Division:

1. Nevada (19)

2. San Jose State (5)

3. San Diego State

4. Fresno State (1)

5. Hawaii

6. UNLV

 

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* Pokes picked second in Mountain Division by league's media
* Preseason accolades continue to roll in for Valladay
* UNLV's Arroyo recalls special 2009 season in Laramie
* UW's Top 50 football players: No. 18

 

 

Now, here's how I voted in my annual preseason poll:

Mountain Division:

1. Boise State

2. Wyoming

3. Air Force

4. Colorado State

5. Utah State

6. New Mexico

 

West Division:

1. Nevada

2. San Jose State

3. Fresno State

4. San Diego State

5. Hawaii

6. UNLV

Thursday the league's media will reveal its preseason All-Conference selections and individual players of the year.

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