LAS VEGAS - The University of Hawaii football team was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Mountain West Conference by the league's media in an announcement Tuesday at the league's media days.
"You have to go play the games," first-year UH coach Norm Chow said on the school's athletic website. "Obviously the teams that got picked ahead deserve it. I think our goal is to be the best we can be. We're going to worry about ourselves and not worry about our opponents. Obviously we do schematically, but our goal is to be the best we can be."
The Warriors are playing their first season in the MWC after a 33-year run in the Western Athletic Conference. Last season, they finished tied for fourth in the WAC at 3-4, with a 6-7 overall record.
Boise State was predicted to capture the MWC title. The Broncos garnered 27 first-place votes, and earned a total of 296 points in a poll of 30 media members. Boise State posted a 12-1 overall mark in 2011, finishing sixth in the coaches poll and eighth in the Associated Press poll.
Hawaii finished with 116 points in the MWC poll and had one selection to the preseason all-conference team - senior defensive lineman Paipai Falemalu.
Fresno State junior quarterback Derek Carr is the preseason offensive player of the year, San Diego State defensive back Leon McFadden was recognized on defense and Boise State return specialist Mitch Burroughs earned the special teams honor.
2012 UH Football Schedule
All times HST
Mountain West games in bold
Sept. 1-at USC, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 15-vs. Lamar, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22-vs. Nevada, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 28-at Brigham Young, 2 p.m.
Oct. 6-at San Diego State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 13-vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.
Oct. 27-at Colorado State, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3-at Fresno State, 1 p.m.
Nov. 10-vs. Boise State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 16- at Air Force, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 24-vs. UNLV, 6 p.m.
Dec. 1-vs. South Alabama , 6 p.m.
The Broncos return five starters from an offensive unit that ranked fifth nationally in scoring offense last year and ninth in total offense. Three starters return for the Boise State defense, which ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense and 16th in total defense.
Fellow MWC newcomers Nevada and Fresno State were picked second and third, respectively. Wyoming was fourth, followed by San Diego State, which claimed fifth and the remaining first-place vote, Air Force, Hawaii, Colorado State, UNLV and New Mexico.
UH opens with Pac-12 favorite and national title contender Southern California on Sept. 1 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Warriors' first home game is against Lamar on Sept. 15.