Cowboys Picked to Finish Fifth by MWC Media

July 23, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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In a poll of the Mountain West Conference media on Monday, the TCU Horned Frogs were selected as pre-season favorites to win the 2007 league football title. The Wyoming Cowboys were picked to finish fifth.

Media members, as well as MWC head coaches and select players, are in Las Vegas, participating in the annual MWC Football Media Day. Wyoming is represented by head coach Joe Glenn, senior tight end Wade Betschart and senior cornerback Michael Medina.

A total of 43 lettermen return from last year's UW team that finished6-6 overall, and tied for third place in the MWC with a 5-3 record. Of that returning total, there are seven starters on offense, five on defense and one on special teams.

The Cowboys closed out the 2006 season by winning five of their last seven games. The two losses came on the road to the league's top two teams, BYU and TCU.

The TCU Horned Frogs were selected to win the 2007 MWC football title after posting a second-place finish in the MWC in 2006. TCU compiled a 6-2 mark against league opponents en route to an 11-2 overall record and a Top 25 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches, Associated Press and Harris polls. TCU received 18 first-place votes and a total of 202 points.

Defending Mountain West Conference champion BYU was chosen to finish second with 178 points and three first-place votes. The Cougars posted their second unblemished record (8-0) in Conference play in 2006, ending the season with an 11-2 mark overall and a Top 25 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches, Associated Press and Harris polls.

Utah was picked to finish third after posting an 8-5 slate (5-3 MWC) and winning its sixth consecutive bowl game last season. The Utes totaled 165 points and two first-place votes.

New Mexico was chosen fourth with 120 points, followed by Wyoming (5th - 110 points), Colorado State (6th - 107 points), Air Force (7th - 62 points), San Diego State (8th - 56 points) and UNLV (9th - 35 points).

2007 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll

Rank Team (first place votes) Points
1. TCU (18) 202
2. BYU (3) 178
3. Utah (2) 165
4. New Mexico 120
5. Wyoming 110
6. Colorado State 107
7. Air Force 62
8. San Diego State 56
9. UNLV 35