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Fresno State is the team to beat, but watch out for Nevada

The battle for the WAC title will finally bring an answer to who's smarter: coaches or the media? The media has Boise State winning the WAC this season; the coaches call for Fresno State to take their first WAC title. So who's smarter?

1. Fresno State will win the WAC
Shockingly, I agree with the coaches. Fresno State will finally get over the conference-championship hump and take their first title en route to a bowl game. It will not, however, be a BCS bowl game. No, the Bulldogs will lose to P.J. Hill and Wisconsin at home.

2. Boise State will lose at home
If Fresno State is going to win the WAC, that means the Bulldogs will have to beat the Broncos on the blue turf, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in the regular season since Boise State lost to Washington State in 2001. That's right: The Broncos have not lost a WAC home game since their first year in the conference.

3. Nevada is the sleeper
Few people are talking about Nevada being a contender in the WAC, but with the bulk of an already potent offense returning, the Wolf Pack are poised to steal the title right out from under Fresno State. Nevada has the best quarterbacking tandem in the country, and if one can't beat you, the other one will.

4. Aggies make a bowl game
No, not the Utah State Aggies; the Aggies from New Mexico State. Hal Mumme's team battled injuries last season, but everyone's healthy this year and ready to give New Mexico State its first bowl berth since 1960.

5. Aggies climb out of last place
OK, Utah State, this one's for you. For the first time in three seasons in the conference, Utah State will not finish in the bottom third. The Aggies will finish above Idaho, Louisiana Tech and San Jose State -- but not necessarily in that order.

Graham Watson covers college football for ESPN.com.