WAC Cup To Be Decided In Final Week

It will be a very close race among all nine schools for the WAC Commissioner's Cup, presented annually to the most successful overall league school. With just a week to go, we've projected the final Cup Standings and the winner looks to be.....

Boise State's golf team did not win the Western Athletic Conference title, but what they did was finish ahead of co-favorite Nevada. By winding up ahead of the team from Reno, the Broncos extended their lead in the WAC Commissioner's Cup. With four sports remaining, the Broncos have accumulated 84.5 points to Nevada's second-place total of 73.75. The complete standings appear at the bottom of this article.

The Cup is given annually to the league school that achieves the best overall success in 19 sports based on a point system. Nine points are awarded to the conference champion in each sport, with eight going to the second place team, seven to the third-place team, etc. The scoring system encourages participation in each of the sports that the WAC sponsors. Schools that do not participate in a sport do not receive any points.

Boise State, for example, does not participate in Swimming & Diving, Baseball and Softball. Further, Boise State's wrestling team, which is consistently among the best in the nation, is not rewarded for their success because the WAC does not sponsor wrestling.

Even though they are currently in sixth place, Fresno State is expected to make a strong move down the stretch. The Bulldogs are favored to win the women's softball championship next week, they are currently in second place in baseball (with points allocated by regular season standings), and they are seeded #3 in men's track. Women's track is the only sport of the four in which Fresno is not one of the favorites. They are seeded sixth, ahead of #7 seed Boise State.

Utah State, which in recent weeks has moved to the #1 seed in men's track and #2 in women's track, will make a major move at the end as well. However, the Aggies are hurt because they have no baseball team and are seeded last in softball.

Nevada, which has been near the top of the Cup Standings all year with a co-championship in football and the WAC title in basketball, is strong in the remaining women's sports (softball and women's outdoor track), but has no men's track team and is seeded next to last in baseball.

The Broncos have never won the Commissioner's Cup. Boise State finished 8th in 2002-03, 7th in 2003-4 and 5th last year.

 

Current Commissioner's Cup Standings (one week remaining):

1. Boise State (84.5)

2. Nevada (73.75)

3. Utah State (70.5)

4. Idaho (67.5)

5. San Jose State (63.75)

6. New Mexico State (62.25)

7. Fresno State (61.75)

8. Louisiana Tech (50.50)

 

Projected Cup Standings:

Current Points

School

BB

SB

Men's Outdoor Track

Women's Outdoor Track

Total Projected Points

84.5

Boise State

0

0

8

3

95.5

73.75

Nevada

4

6

0

6

90.75

69.50

Utah State

 

0

3

9

8

90.50

61.75

Fresno State

8

9

7

4

89.75

67.50

Idaho

0

0

5

7

79.50

63.75

San Jose State

7

8

0

0

78.75

62.25

New Mexico State

3

5

0

5

75.25

50.50

Louisiana Tech

5

4

6

9

74.50

55.00

Hawai'i

9

7

0

2

73.00


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