Boise State vs Troy Football

Boise State cornerback Avery Williams (26) carries out the hammer before the start of a game against Troy on September 1, 2018.

Voters in the Associated Press Top 25 poll apparently don't think much of the Boise State football team heading into the 2019 season. 

At least not yet. 

The preseason poll was released Monday and Boise State was not among the 25 teams ranked. And they weren't all that close. The Broncos earned just 38 votes, which was eighth-most in the 'receiving votes' category. 

It's the third time in the past four years that Boise State will start the season unranked in both of the major polls. The Broncos also weren't ranked in the preseason Coaches Poll when it was released a few weeks ago, but were second in the 'receiving votes' group with 118 points.

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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 either the Associated Press or the Coaches polls at some point in each of the past 17 years. A win over Florida State in the opener would likely 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 AP poll. Mountain West foes Utah State and Fresno State tied with eight votes but weren't ranked.

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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