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Boise State leapt at the chance to leave behind the Western Athletic Conference and join the Mountain West.
It’s just a far different looking conference than the Broncos were anticipating.
“What makes it a lot tougher is the new environments, new situations, new teams, new stadiums, new fans. We were comfortable in the WAC because we had been there, we had been all those places,” Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter said. “Mountain West has a bunch of good teams we’re going to look out for.”
Boise State’s move is the big news, but the arrival of the blue turf on the Mountain West footprint comes knowing that TCU is on its way out.
Also gone is BYU, choosing independence over staying in a watered down Mountain West thanks to the departure of Utah for the Pac-12 and TCU’s impending move to the Big East.
Beginning in 2012, the Mountain West will look like an amped up WAC with Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii joining.
Still, it’s the Broncos and Heisman Trophy finalist Kellen Moore grabbing most of the attention.
The Broncos open the season with a Top 10 ranking after barely missing out on another Bowl Championship Series berth last season. Boise State lost just a wild 34-31 overtime loss at Nevada.
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