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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Lobo coach Bob Davie addressed a portion of the Mountain West media Tuesday, saying "the past doesn't have to dictate the future."
However, the past that saw the University of New Mexico win three games in three seasons surely was a consideration for the media at the Mountain West Football Media Day, which picked the Lobos to finish last in the 10-team MW race of 2012.
"I think it's a factor that we haven't performed well in the past," said Lobo quarterback B.R. Holbrook.
If a chip on the shoulder is a good thing for a football team to carry into the 2012 season, the Lobos and were handed a huge chip by the MW media.
The new-look, restructured Mountain West has three new football programs in the mix this year, but for the third consecutive season the Lobos were picked to finish in the league's cellar.
"But if you want different results, you had better change how you do things," Davie said. "That's what I've talked to our team about. We had better change everything that has been done from A to Z, if we don't want the same results. And that's what we've been trying to do."
"We don't want things to be the same around here," linebacker/defensive end Joseph Harris said. "We need some change."
For sure, the Lobos need to change things in the win column.
"We all know what matters is what's on that scoreboard," said Davie, who will take to the 2012 season with a team at least 10 players short in the scholarship column.
Davie admitted he had some early question marks about the team he inherited from Mike Locksley, but said, "I like these guys now."
"That's a big statement," said Davie. "That gives us a chance. We are anxious to see what kind of team we can put on the field, see where we're at. None of really know."
The media that gathered at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to meet and interview coaches and players from the 10 MW teams seemed to know one thing: Boise State will wear the 2012 crown. The Broncos, who leave the MW after the 2012 season, picked up 27 of the 30 first-place votes to earn the target as the preseason favorite.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen pointed out that his Broncos did not win the Mountain title in 2011 and "have a lot to prove" this season with so many holes to fill from last year's 12-1 team.
"We are all about earning whatever we can out there," said Petersen. "We always have a chip on our shoulders toward preseason polls. Last year we were picked first (in the MW) and we didn't get it done. There is no higher expectation in Boise than in our football complex. The kids have locked into it. They have extremely high standards."
The Lobos were further snubbed by the MW media as no Lobos were named to the preseason All-Mountain Team. The last time the preseason team did not include a UNM student-athlete was 2000.
"Seeing that is pretty disappointing," said Harris. "It makes you want to player harder and faster and stronger I don't believe that to be true, that we are last in the conference and that we don't have any All-Mountain West players on the team. I believe that's just preseason."
Mountain West Football Media Poll
1. Boise State, 296 points; 2. Nevada, 244; 3. Fresno State, 231; 4. Wyoming, 213; 5. San Diego State, 173; 6. Air Force, 170; 7. Hawaii, 116; 8. Colorado State, 111; 9. UNLV, 63; 10. New Mexico, 33.