Fresno State Bulldogs

Fresno State football picked to win West Division

Following a 12-2 season and Mountain West championship, expectations are sky-high for the Fresno State football team heading into the 2019 season.

Reporters covering the Mountain West picked Fresno State to win the West Division and have a rematch with Boise State in the conference championship game, according to the Mountain West Media Poll.

The Mountain West released the poll Tuesday at its annual media days in Las Vegas. 

Fresno State earned 122 total points in the poll, including 17 first-place votes. This is the second-consecutive year the media has chosen the Bulldogs to win the division. 

Boise State is no stranger to preseason favoritism. This is the seventh year in a row the Broncos have been favored to win the division. Boise State earned 15 first-place votes and 120 total points in the poll.

They’ve been picked every year to make to the championship game since the conference moved to the divisional format with a championship game in 2013. 

The Broncos have 14 starters returning following a 10-3 season, including a 7-1 conference record. 

The Mountain West Championship Game will be held on Dec. 17 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest winning percentage in conference games. 

Utah State and San Diego State were each picked to finish a close second in the Mountain Division and West Division, respectively. 

Utah State earned 6 first-place votes and 108 total points, while San Diego State earned 3 first-place votes and 106 total points. 

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

RankTeam (first-place votes)Points
1Boise State (15)120
2Utah State (6)108
3Air Force73
4Wyoming66
5Colorado State52
6New Mexico22

WEST DIVISION

RankTeam (first-place votes)Points
1Fresno State (17)122
2San Diego State (3)106
3Nevada74
4Hawai‘i (1)67
5UNLV51
6San José State21
Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.