August 18, 2010

Rivals.com expert predictions: WAC

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We asked our five football writers to answer a few questions about the WAC, some serious and some light-hearted. Here are their responses:

WHO WINS THE LEAGUE?
Olin Buchanan: Boise State
Tom Dienhart: Boise State
David Fox: Boise State
Mike Huguenin: Boise State
Steve Megargee: Boise State
WHICH TEAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Olin Buchanan: Idaho
Tom Dienhart: Idaho
David Fox: Idaho
Mike Huguenin: Utah State
Steve Megargee: Idaho
IF I WERE {BLANK}, I'D REALLY BE WORRIED.
Olin Buchanan: The Nevada secondary. Both starting cornerbacks return, but last season the Wolf Pack ranked 119th in the nation in pass defense and allowed a whopping 33 touchdown passes.
Tom Dienhart: Boise State coaches and players. How will the Broncos deal with unprecedented expectations? They aren't the spunky "little engine that could" in 2010. Some say Boise State can play for the national title.
David Fox: Boise State coach Chris Petersen. No matter what happens Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech, he will need to be a master motivator for the rest of the season.
Mike Huguenin: Boise State coach Chris Petersen. If Boise doesn't go unbeaten and get into the BCS, it will have been a disappointing season in the eyes of many. That's unfortunate.
Steve Megargee: Nevada coach Chris Ault. Nevada has earned five consecutive bowl bids, but that didn't stop Wolf Pack fans from expressing their displeasure with an 8-5 finish last season. If Nevada doesn't at least match last year's win total, Ault could become a victim of heightened expectations
WHERE DOES THIS LEAGUE RANK IN RELATION TO OTHERS?
Olin Buchanan: Eighth
Tom Dienhart: Ninth
David Fox: Ninth
Mike Huguenin: Ninth
Steve Megargee: Ninth
THE PLAYER YOU MOST LIKE TO WATCH FROM THIS LEAGUE
Olin Buchanan: Boise State QB Kellen Moore
Tom Dienhart: Boise State QB Kellen Moore
David Fox: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
Mike Huguenin: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
Steve Megargee: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING?
Olin Buchanan: Nevada RB Vai Taua
Tom Dienhart: Nevada RB Vai Taua
David Fox: Nevada RB Vai Taua
Mike Huguenin: Nevada RB Vai Taua
Steve Megargee: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN PASSING?
Olin Buchanan: Boise State's Kellen Moore
Tom Dienhart: Boise State's Kellen Moore
David Fox: Boise State's Kellen Moore
Mike Huguenin: Boise State's Kellen Moore
Steve Megargee: Boise State's Kellen Moore
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RECEPTIONS?
Olin Buchanan: Hawaii's Greg Salas
Tom Dienhart: Hawaii's Greg Salas
David Fox: Hawaii's Greg Salas
Mike Huguenin: Hawaii's Greg Salas
Steve Megargee: Hawaii's Greg Salas
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN TACKLES?
Olin Buchanan: Fresno State LB Ben Jacobs
Tom Dienhart: Utah State LB Bobby Wagner
David Fox: Fresno State LB Ben Jacobs
Mike Huguenin: Idaho FS Shiloh Keo
Steve Megargee: Fresno State LB Ben Jacobs
WHO HAS THE BEST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Hawaii
Tom Dienhart: Fresno State
David Fox: Boise State
Mike Huguenin: Nevada
Steve Megargee: Hawaii
WHO HAS THE WORST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Utah State
Tom Dienhart: Utah State
David Fox: New Mexico State
Mike Huguenin: Louisiana Tech
Steve Megargee: San Jose State
CITY IN THIS LEAGUE YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT
Olin Buchanan: Honolulu
Tom Dienhart: Honolulu
David Fox: Moscow, Idaho (Just kidding. Honolulu)
Mike Huguenin: Honolulu
Steve Megargee: Honolulu



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