Air Force’s lack of experience returning was reflected in the Mountain West preseason poll, released this morning at the conference’s media days.
The Falcons are picked to finish sixth in the league, in a vote of league media. Air Force is replacing at least 16 starters, eight on both sides of the ball. The only time Air Force has been picked to finish lower in the league was in 2007, Troy Calhoun’s first season as coach, when it was picked to finish seventh. Air Force finished second that season. Boise State was picked to finish first this season, grabbing 27 of 30 first-place votes.
Air Force had two players on the Mountain West preseason all-conference team: outside linebacker Alex Means and kicker Parker Herrington. Means led the Falcons with six sacks last year. Herrington hit 83.3 percent of his field goals last season to lead the league.
Predicted order of finish (first place votes in parentheses):
1. Boise State (27)
3. Fresno State (2)
5. San Diego (1)
6. Air Force
8. Colorado State
10. New Mexico