2009 Preseason Conference Analysis- WAC

The Western Athletic Conference had a pretty decent year last season. Boise State, Fresno State, LA Tech and Hawaii all went to bowl games. Of course, only one of them actually won their bowl game if I remember right. Boise State and Fresno State lost to MWC opponents, further showing why the MWC is the best non-BCS conference.

I would look for a much improved 2009 season from the WAC. Boise State looks to be even better, and a convincing win over Oregon will really help in the rankings. Fresno State should be healthier this time around, and LA Tech and Hawaii should improve as well. I wouldn’t count on anything from Utah State, Idaho, New Mexico State or San Jose State. Here’s how I think the conference will end up:

1. Boise State
2. Fresno State
3. LA Tech
4. Nevada
5. Hawaii
6. San Jose State
7. New Mexico State
8. Utah State
9. Idaho

I don’t want to discount the rest of the WAC, but Boise State is really the only team I’m going to be watching this year. The others simply don’t play the non-conference competition to be taken seriously. Or if they do, they don’t stand a chance at winning any of those games. (See San Jose State at USC.)

Boise State has a legitimate chance of going undefeated yet again this regular season. They may have the best shot at being the BCS buster this year simply because the other good non-BCS teams have some pretty stiff competition in their non=conference. BYU plays Oklahoma and Florida State. East Carolina plays West Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Boise State only plays Oregon, and the rest should be clear sailing.

The WAC should close 2009 where they usually do, being the middle of the pack with the MWC and Big East. But it’s not bad to be thought of as the best of the worst.