League Press Picks Against 'Pokes at MWC Media Day

July 17, 2006

CORONADO, Calif. -

In a poll of the Mountain West Conference media on Monday, the TCU Horned Frogs were selected as pre-season favorites to win the 2006 league football title. The Wyoming Cowboys were picked to finish ninth.

Media members, as well as MWC head coaches and select players, are in San Diego, Calif., participating in the annual MWC Football Media Day. UW is represented by head coach Joe Glenn, senior offensive tackle Chase Johnson and senior safety John Wendling.

In 2005, the Cowboys were picked third, and then after a promising 4-1 start went on to finish the season 4-7. Wyoming returns six offensive and six defensive starters from that team. The last time the 'Pokes were tabbed by the league media to finish at the bottom was 2004, when Wyoming concluded the season with a 24-21 victory over UCLA in the Pioneer Purevision Las Vegas Bowl.

CSTV Networks will broadcast a live special presentation from this year's media event tabbed "Mountain West Football Media Blitz." The show will air live on CSTV and online via the official Web sites of CSTV (www.cstv.com) and the MWC (www.TheMWC.com) tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. MT.

Fans can submit questions for Coach Glenn and the players to answer live during the broadcast. Submit your questions HERE .

TCU, who went 11-1 overall and 8-0 in the MWC last season, returns 10 starters on offense and seven on defense. The Horned Frogs enter 2006 with the nation's second-longest win streak at 10 games and they received 16 first-place votes and a total of 213 points from the MWC press.

BYU was chosen second with 192 points and five first-place votes. The Cougars finished the 2005 season with a 6-6 overall record (5-3 MWC) and their first bowl game appearance since 2001.

Utah was picked third after posting a 7-5 slate (4-4 MWC) and winning its fifth straight bowl game last season.

Colorado State was the fourth team to receive a first place vote and finished fourth in the poll with 130 points. New Mexico was chosen fifth with 119 points, followed by San Diego State (6th - 104 points), Air Force (7th - 70 points), UNLV (8th - 58 points) and Wyoming (9th - 51 points).

2006 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll
Rk. Team (first place votes) Points
1. TCU (16) 213
2. BYU (5) 192
3. Utah (3) 188
4. Colorado State (1) 130
5. New Mexico 119
6. San Diego State 104
7. Air Force 70
8. UNLV 58
9. Wyoming 51