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Preseason college football rankings: Mountain West teams are shut out

Boise State comes in with the most votes in the coaches poll from Mountain West teams.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Louisiana State Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The first college football poll is out for the preseason with USA TODAY’s coaches poll (insert snarky joke about this being the SID poll).

At the top of the poll is Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and then Florida State. Then as we scan and scan and scan to the end of the poll we find that there are no Mountain West teams in this ranking.

Despite San Diego State riding a 10-game winning streak, returning double-digit starters and then also have the returning Mountain West offensive, defensive and special teams player from 2015 back they are just receiving votes.

The Aztecs are receiving 18 votes and if you count through the teams they are ranked as the 37th best team. That is behind other fellow G5 schools such as Houston who is ranked 13th, Boise State received 73 votes and then Navy who had 30 votes.

There is no reason to be surprised or upset that Houston is the highest rated non-power team but the other two in Boise State and Navy are very questionable, more so the Middies than the Broncos.

Boise State is positioned just on the outside likely due to tradition of their program and not necessarily on what their team makeup is for this year. The Broncos will have a very good offense but their defense lost a good amount of talent the NFL and graduation on defense.

Navy is more baffling since they lost their best player since Roger Staubach as Kennan Reynolds is now in the NFL with the Ravens.

Here is the complete poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 0-0 1585 55 NR
2 Clemson Tigers 0-0 1524 7 NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 1398 0 NR
4 Florida State Seminoles 0-0 1351 1 NR
5 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 1321 0 NR
6 LSU Tigers 0-0 1241 0 NR
7 Stanford Cardinal 0-0 1149 0 NR
8 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 1062 0 NR
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0-0 1034 0 NR
10 Tennessee Volunteers 0-0 960 1 NR
11 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 901 0 NR
12 Ole Miss Rebels 0-0 792 0 NR
13 Houston Cougars 0-0 668 0 NR
14 TCU Horned Frogs 0-0 649 0 NR
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 0-0 579 0 NR
16 Georgia Bulldogs 0-0 525 0 NR
17 USC Trojans 0-0 468 0 NR
18 Washington Huskies 0-0 454 0 NR
19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 0-0 426 0 NR
20 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 422 0 NR
21 Baylor Bears 0-0 383 0 NR
22 Oregon Ducks 0-0 361 0 NR
23 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 331 0 NR
24 UCLA Bruins 0-0 296 0 NR
25 Florida Gators 0-0 245 0 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Miami (Fla.) 120; Wisconsin 82; Utah 73; Boise State 73; Washington State 47; Texas A&M 37; Texas 34; Arkansas 34; Northwestern 31; Navy 30; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Nebraska 17; Auburn 17; Western Kentucky 11; Pittsburgh 8; Brigham Young 6; Appalachian State 4; Duke 3; Arizona 2; Marshall 2; Toledo 2; South Florida 2; Memphis 1; Indiana 1; Northern Illinois 1.