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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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Boise State's Williams-Rhodes eager to make more big plays " Idaho Statesman Blogs

Broncos' Ajayi loses weight, ready to carry the load | Idahostatesman
Jay Ajayi turned heads with his 6.7 yards per carry last season as a redshirt freshman for the Boise State football team.

Mountain West opponents

Minnesota Football 2013 Season Preview: The Turn - The Daily Gopher
Years 3 and 4 are "the Turn Years." If a coach is going to break through whatever program ceiling, it generally occurs in the third or fourth year of his tenure... or not at all.

James Wilder Jr., running back: Florida State football preview 2013 - Tomahawk Nation
James Wilder Jr. made a number of highlight runs in 2012. Is he ready to carry the load for Florida State and take the pressure off red-shirt freshman QB Jameis Winston?

2013 Colorado football's 10 things to know: And now we wait -
In Mike MacIntyre, Colorado brought in a head coach who did at San Jose State exactly what he will be asked to do in Boulder: salvage a broken program.

2013 Washington football's 10 things to know: Seven-win Steve and a healthy foundation -
Washington surged defensively, slumped offensively, and finished 7-6 for the third straight year. Can this exciting squad break through their self-imposed glass ceiling?

2013 UCLA football's 10 things to know: Ready to become the new kings of L.A.? -
Jim Mora, Jr., engineered a hell of a turnaround in Year 1 at Westwood. Can his Bruins overcome a rough road schedule and a sketchy secondary to make their third straight Pac-12 title game?

2013 Arizona football's 10 things to know: Can RichRod sustain his gains? -
After a shaky offseason, can the Wildcats navigate a pretty easy schedule and sustain last year's improvement in the win column?

2013 Utah football's 10 things to know: Stemming the tide (or trying to) -
After a season marred by injury and inconsistency, Kyle Whittingham's Utes head into 2013 with drastically lower expectations than they had a year ago.

2013 Oregon State football's 10 things to know: Which was the outlier, 2011 or 2012? -
After a rather sudden collapse in 2011, Oregon State bounced back in a major way last fall. Now Mike Riley's Beavers have to prove that 2011 was the oddity.

2013 Stanford football's 10 things to know: Holding onto that David mentality -
Major-league continuity for a team that has won 35 games in three years? Check. Cooperative (but still pretty challenging) schedule? Check. This might be Stanford's best chance to make a serious run at the national title.

2013 USC football's 10 things to know: Overhauled Trojans will be fun, for better or worse -
With Marqise Lee and a sparkly, aggressive new 3-4 defense, Lane Kiffin's Trojans should be really fun to watch. But will they be good enough to avoid a winter coaching search?