Boise State Spring Game

Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) prepares to hand off the ball to running back Andrew Van Buren (21) during Saturday’s spring game.

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For the second time in three years the Boise State football team will start the season unranked in at least one of the two major polls.

The preseason Coaches Poll came out Thursday morning and the Broncos were not included among the top 25. They did receive 118 votes, which was second-most in the 'receiving votes' category. 

It's the fourth time in the past 11 years that Boise State will start the year unranked in the Coaches Poll. They started No. 22 last year, but were not ranked to start the 2017 season.

It's not crazy to see why voters wouldn't put the Broncos in the initial top 25 given their question marks. Boise State lost its quarterback, running back and top two receivers on the offensive side, and four key starters and three coaches on the defensive side. 

But being outside the preseason top 25 has meant little to the Broncos. They've worked their way into the top 25 of the Coaches Poll at some point in each of the past 17 years. A win over Florida State in the opener would surely get them into the top 25. 

Central Florida, Boise State's chief competition for the Group of Five spot in the Cotton Bowl, came in at No. 17 in the preseason poll. Mountain West foes Utah State and Fresno State both received votes but weren't ranked, as did Florida State. 

Here's the full Coaches Poll. The preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll won't come out until later this month. 

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and his assistant coaches will meet with the media today, and the Broncos will open fall camp on Friday. 

B.J. Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013 and is a three-time winner of the NSMA Idaho Sportswriter of the Year Award. He appears on KTIK 93.1 FM The Ticket every Friday at 4 p.m. for the Blue Turf Sports report.

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