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Mountaintop View 10-11-18

Aztec RBs, McDonald makes an award list, Boise’s OL sucks, and more

NCAA Football: San Diego State at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Links from around the Mountain West! You know, mostly from writers that posted something yesterday...

For Bulldogs, run game and pass protection could be trouble spots against Wyoming

This is the tale of two teams going in two different directions. Fresno has dreams of winning the Mountain West, and maybe even threatening for the NY6 bid if UCF were to royally screw up. Wyoming has lost two straight and four of their last five games. That said, Robert Kuwada thinks the Bulldogs ought to be wary of the Wyoming defense. Maybe the Pokes slow down the Bulldogs offense some, but it’s hard to imagine arguably the Mountain West’s worst offense doing much of anything vs. arguably the Mountain West’s best defense. Bulldogs-Cowboys kickoff at 7:30 PT on Saturday.

Boise State offensive line coach Brad Bedell talks with the media

The Broncos might be the most frustrating team in the Mountain West. Seemingly talented at nearly every position, the offensive line continues to be this team’s greatest weakness. That’s bad news for the Broncos, because a poor blocking group can ruin everything else for the offense, even for pocket-passer Brett Rypien. Boise State offensive line coach Brad Bedell faced the music and spoke to the media about his group’s horrid start to the 2018 season. Can this unit bounce back? I’m not so sure, they’ve been poor ever since Bedell arrived in 2017. Broncos play in Reno late Saturday night.

Aztecs football notes: Sorting out the situation at running back, why the academies run the ball and fresh grass to run on

Despite losing running back Juwan Washington to injury, the Aztecs didn’t take a step back in the running back department in their 19-13 victory vs. Boise State. This unit is starting to build up to being the deepest running back group in the Mountain West. With so many talented backs, Kirk Kenney takes a look at how that group might divide up playing time, as well as previewing the Aztecs games vs. Air Force. The Aztecs and Falcons square up this Friday night in San Diego.

Warriors quarterback McDonald added to Maxwell Award watch list

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald has been added to the Maxwell Award watch list, highlighting the dreadlocked quarterbacks incredible start to the 2018 season. A potential Mountain West offensive player of the year winner, McDonald has led Hawaii to a shocking 6-1 start (albeit with Chevan Cordeiro subbing in for him last week vs. Wyoming). McDonald is back at practice this week and has told the media he expects to start vs. BYU. The Warriors are 0-9 in Provo all-time and hope to change that Saturday night on ESPN2.

On the horizon:

Today: Be sure to read our previews for Boise State-Nevada and Hawaii-BYU.

Today: Our guy Alex interviewed Aggies RB Eltoro Allen about winning the rivalry game against BYU.

Today: A mid-week MWC recruiting roundup