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Making the rounds: Mountain West news and notes

Making the rounds is your (sometimes) daily look around the Mountain West, and other places.

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Mountain West News

Conference Catchup: MWC takes step back, but still has talent - CBSSports.com
Don't expect the Mountain West to be No. 1 in the RPI again this season, but expect another competitive race at the top of the standings. Boise State is predicted in this very early projection to win the league.

Former Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley signs a $2.25M deal with Diamondbacks | Reno Gazette-Journal
First-round draft pick Braden Shipley signed his MLB deal on Tuesday.

Opponent News

Phil Steele ranks USC's Defensive Line as #2 for 2013 - Conquest Chronicles
The USC D-line has always had the potential to be special. Phil Steele puts USC at #2 to start the 2013 campaign. Utah State and Hawaii will have their hands full.

Quinton Pedroza has been dismissed from the program - Block U
The wide receiver has been let go after violating unspecified team rules. He was expected to be a starter, so this helps Utah State get their second-straight win over Utah.

How the hell do you score on Alabama? Part 1: Probing for weaknesses - Football Study Hall
Alabama's defense looked, at times, almost vulnerable over the stretch in the 2012 season. Can Colorado State learn something from this?

How the hell do you score on Alabama? Part 2: The stats behind the late-season "decline" - Football Study Hall
Step 1: Have Johnny Manziel. Okay, it goes a little further than that. Colorado State does not have their own Johnny Football, so good luck.

General NCAA News:

College football in the spring: Could it work? - Land-Grant Holy Land
The internet is abuzz today over a suggestion of a spring football season for underclassmen. Would this be a good idea?

There was to be a post about each MWC team, but that would take to long. Just search through the video and go from there.