Fresno State was picked to finish first in the Mountain West's West Division, and picked up the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year awards. Senior quarterback Derek Carr was the choice offensively, while junior free safety Derron Smith got the nod defensively.
Seven Bulldogs total were voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team. In addition to Carr and Smith, wide receiver Davante Adams, tight end Marcel Jensen, left tackle Austin Wentworth, defensive lineman Tyeler Davison and cornerback L.J. Jones were all honored.