With a little more than a month remaining in the annual WAC Commissioner's Cup race, it could be the tightest finish in league history. Current projections show the race narrowing, with Boise State now the projected winner by a mere 25/100th's of a point.
What was predicted just a few
weeks ago to be a tight WAC Commissioner's Cup race has gotten even tighter.
That is because the Nevada baseball team has gone on a tear. The Wolf Pack men
are now in third place, just a game and a half behind Fresno State and Louisiana Tech.
The Cup is awarded annually to the league school with the best overall
athletic program, as figured by a point system.
Not only that, but the Boise State men's hopes of repeating in the WAC
Outdoor Track & Field Championships are in jeopardy. That is because the rapidly improving Utah State team is strong in every event, while the Broncos have
several events in which they are projected to score zero or few points. In fact, Fresno State is now projected to finish second ahead of the Broncos
pending Coach Mike Maynard's annual magic.
Somehow, the popular coach always makes moves at the Championships that
push his team over the top.
That magic may be necessary if Boise
State is to get a second
consecutive Commissioner's Cup. The Broncos
hold a slim lead in the race with eight sports remaining. Boise
State has 54.5 points to date,
ahead of Utah State's
52 points and Nevada with
is next with 41.75 points, followed by San Jose
State (40.25), Idaho
(38), New Mexico State
(35), Fresno State
(34.50) and Louisiana Tech (26.75).
As revealed on BroncoCountry a few months ago, there are
four league teams that have a chance to win the Cup this year—Boise State,
Nevada, Utah State and Fresno State.
Realistically, however, the Broncos and Wolf Pack will once again battle
it out for the Cup as they did last year.
Using national rankings and league projections and statistics, these are
the projected final totals for the Commissioner's Cup. Any results that vary radically from projections
will of course affect the winner.
Jose State 58.75
Mexico State 55.50
The next sport to be contested is tennis, which Boise
State will host beginning this
Wednesday. Boise State is favored on the
men's side according to the United States Tennis Association rankings with
Fresno State the women's favorite and the Broncos battling Nevada for second.
The WAC Golf
Championships are the same week as the tennis championships. The Nevada
men are the favorite, ranked #91 by Golfweek
Magazine. Fresno State is #100, then
#116 Hawai'i, #119 Louisiana Tech, #130 New Mexico State, #135 Boise State,
#164 San Jose State, #177 Idaho and #218 Utah State. San Jose State's women are #31 in Golfweek, followed by #39 Hawai'i, #52 Idaho, #62 Fresno
State, #64 Nevada, #66 New Mexico state and #86 Boise State.
Following that will be track and field. As mentioned above, the Broncos have slid in
the league's ranking of top marks this spring.
is projected to score 180 points to 160 for Fresno
State and 138 for Boise State.
The Louisiana Tech women are once again the
favorites but a very tight race could mean that any one of seven league teams
will win the league title. Louisiana
Tech is projected to score 140 to 113 for Boise
State, 112 for Nevada,
104 for Idaho, 100 for Fresno
State, 99 for Utah
State and 94 for Hawai'i. Obviously as far as the Commissioner's Cup
race is concerned, the close finish will have a monumental impact on the
The 2006-07 Commissioner's Cup race is so close that once
again, the winner will not be decided until the WAC
baseball and softball championships, set for the end of May. Boise
State could possibly lose the Cup
because they do not field a baseball or a softball team, meaning they get zero
points. Currently, Louisiana Tech and Fresno
State are tied for first in
baseball, while Hawai'i is #1 in
Hold on to those hats for a race that will come down to the
wire as predicted.
Men's Tennis--April 26-29 in Boise) (with Commissioner's Cup points in parenthesis)
(Rankings according to ITA)
Women's Tennis (also in Boise)
(ITA Rankings and statistics)
Men's Track (May 9-12 in Fresno)
(Projected Points according to WAC
Women's Track (also in Fresno)
State—38 (affiliate member)
Men's Golf (April 30-May 2 in Reno)
(Rankings provided by Golfweek)
#91 Nevada (9)
#100 Fresno State
#130 New Mexico State
#135 Boise State
#164 San Jose State
#177 Idaho (2)
#218 Utah State
Women's Golf (in Las Cruces)
#31 San Jose State
#52 Idaho (5)
#62 Fresno State
#64 Nevada (3)
#66 New Mexico State
#86 Boise State
Baseball (May 24-27 in Reno)
State—5-11 (affiliate member)
Softball (May 10-12 in Fresno)