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Boise State football: Broncos ranked No. 23 in preseason AP poll

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Having resolved some looming questions, the Broncos pick up where they left off in 2014.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Associated Press released its preseason top 25 this afternoon and, as you might expect, the Boise State Broncos found their way into the rankings.

Bryan Harsin's team will begin the year at #23, which represents a 7-spot drop from last year's postseason rankings but a significant improvement from last year's preseason poll (in which the Broncos received just 10 points, good for 41st overall). What might be somewhat galling to Boise fans, however, is not only being ranked just behind the team they beat in January's Fiesta Bowl, but four other Power 5 teams which finished 2014 outside the top 25.

Other fanbases around the conference that might have expected some down-ballot appreciation will be disappointed by the preseason rankings, since the Broncos were the only Mountain West team to receive any votes at all.

Associated Press Top 25
Rank Team (1st-place votes) 2014 record (final ranking) Points
1 Ohio State (61) 14-1 (1) 1525
2 TCU 12-1 (3) 1428
3 Alabama 12-2 (4) 1322
4 Baylor 11-2 (7) 1263
5 Michigan State 11-2 (T5) 1256
6 Auburn 8-5 (22) 1192
7 Oregon 13-2 (2) 1156
8 USC 9-4 (20) 1085
9 Georgia 10-3 (9) 991
10 Florida State 13-1 (T5) 959
11 Notre Dame 8-5 (NR) 873
12 Clemson 10-3 (15) 862
13 UCLA 10-3 (10) 698
14 LSU 8-5 (NR) 675
15 Arizona State 10-3 (12) 605
16 Georgia Tech 11-3 (8) 588
17 Mississippi 9-4 (17) 563
18 Arkansas 7-6 (NR) 410
19 Oklahoma 8-5 (NR) 394
20 Wisconsin 11-3 (13) 393
21 Stanford 8-5 (NR) 347
22 Arizona 10-4 (19) 311
23 Boise State 12-2 (16) 240
24 Missouri 11-3 (14) 219
25 Tennessee 7-6 (NR) 114
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, Florida 4, North Carolina State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 2, Cal 1, Western Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1