The Mountain West Conference media days are underway in Las Vegas, and Boise State has been picked to win the conference title. No surprise there. The Broncos received 40 of the 41 first-place votes in the MWC Mountain Division; Fresno State received 39 first-place votes in the West Division.
The first-day discussion for Boise State on Sunday evening centered on the Broncos’ offense, which promises to be “extremely explosive” this season. The Broncos last year averaged 30.2 points per game, lowest of the Chris Petersen era.
The ACC and Big 12 media days kicked off today, so we’ll be seeing plenty of storylines from those in the next couple days. One worth following: In the ongoing saga over NCAA governance, ACC commissioner John Swofford told USA Today that the next six months are “very important” for the future of college athletics.
From the USA Today story: Among the changes up for discussion would be the formation of a so-called “super division” that would allow athletic departments with high-revenue football programs to make some of their own rules and implement things like athlete stipends. Many of those initiatives have been blocked by lower-revenue programs, which make up the majority of the NCAA.
Elsewhere, Ohio State has reportedly dismissed top running back Carlos Hyde after he was arrested over the weekend. That sounds significant for a team many predict will contend for a national title this season.