Boise State is no stranger to the preseason Associated Press Poll. The Broncos have appeared in the poll six times in the last eight seasons with their highest ranking being No. 3 in 2010. They also landed at No. 5 last year.
Fast forward to this year's preseason poll and the Broncos find themselves much further down the list at No. 24. It was 2007 when the Broncos showed up at that same spot. That was the same year BSU was coming off an amazing win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and had to replace then-starting quarterback Jared Zabransky with senior Taylor Tharp.
This season Kellen Moore will be the one the Broncos will try to replace, and while that task is probably impossible, someone will need to step up and lead the offense. That someone at this point looks to be redshirt junior Joe Southwick. How far he can take them is anyone's guess at this point, but the team will start ranked to begin the year.
The No. 24 spot has some fans of Boise State upset, thinking that they deserve to be higher on the poll. However, there are others who think the Broncos shouldn't even be on the list because of the number of players they will have to replace.
Which group is right?
With this in mind, let's take a closer look at the Boise State football team and its ranking.