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Mountaintop View 11-22-18

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some Mountain West links to pass the time...

NCAA Football: Boise State at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A key Boise State football senior is expected to return to the Broncos next year

A big reason the 2018 Boise State Broncos entered the season on a wave of hype was because of the vast amount of returning starters they returned from 2017. What few expected was the tidal wave of injuries the Broncos would endure. One of those major injuries was senior defensive tackle David Moa, an all-conference first teamer, who has missed nearly the entire season with a leg injury. Good news for Boise State: this means Moa will likely return to the Broncos next season via a medical redshirt. He’ll be a welcome addition for what should be a deep Bronco defense (assuming half of them don’t get injured again).

Nick Rolovich says Hawaii QB against Aztecs is TBA

“It’s a game-time decision,” the Rainbow Warriors head coach said. No real shocker there, keeping his cards close to the vest. Rolovich even joked that third-stringer Jeremy Moussa might get action at quarterback, or at least we think he’s joking. True freshman Chevan Cordeiro came in to replace Cole McDonald in the fourth quarter of the UNLV game and thrived, leading to a quarterback controversy of sorts. Will Cordeiro start? Does his redshirt status factor in (he’s played three games)? Or is it way too soon to bail on McDonald? I have a feeling this discussion might bleed into summer 2019.

Bigger X-factor? Valladay staying ready if needed in Wyoming’s backfield

Injuries to Pokes running backs Nico Evans and Jevon Bigelow meant that Xazavian Valladay was flushed into action vs. the Falcons. He factored nicely into Wyoming’s comeback thriller in the snow vs. Air Force. This week he might be a big factor in the run game for Wyoming if Evans and Bigelow aren’t ready to play. The Wyoming Cowboys travel to Albuquerque to take on the slumping Lobos in search of a sixth win. Win that game, and the Pokes should be bowling somewhere in December.

Murray: Last year’s win over UNLV was turning point for Nevada football under Jay Norvell

It’s rivalry week in college football. While UNLV-Nevada might not be the heavyweight rivalry that Michigan-Ohio State is, it’ll still be a hotly-contested matchup. Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net argues that last year’s victory over UNLV for the Fremont Cannon was a turning point for the Norvell era, even before 2018’s victories over Oregon State and San Diego State. The Wolf Pack and Rebels will clash on CBS Sports Saturday evening.

On the horizon:

Thursday: Check out our Utah State-Boise State preview

Friday: Check out our Wyoming-New Mexico preview

Saturday: Watch football