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MountainTop View 12-28-18

The Coaches Are Back For The CFP, Boise State Looks Ahead, MWC MB Rankings, and The Madness That Was The Cheez-It Bowl!

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The weekend is here! Let’s celebrate with some links!

ESPN Returns Coaches Film Room for College Football Playoff Semifinals

For the second year in a row, ESPN will have a group of the nation’s top head college football coaches on hand to break down the action in the two semi-final games this weekend! These 8 coaches will be giving their expert opinions on the game in real time, and help give the fans better insight into the action they are seeing on the field. The 8 coaches will be split into two groups of 4, with each group taking on the semi-final games. For the Cotton Bowl, the team is as follows, Mack Brown, Dave Clawson, Paul Johnson & Mike Norvell. And for the Orange Bowl, it will be Steve Addazio, Herm Edwards, Bryan Harsin & Gary Patterson.

Looking ahead to Boise State football’s 2019 season: Who is back, what are the unknowns

Boise State is looking to move past the bowl that never was. The team now has their attention turned to the future, and the promise of the next season. But there are many questions this program will have to answer going into next season. On the offensive side of the ball, it will be who is going to replace Brett Rypien? The Broncos have two true freshmen set to join the team in January, along with a red shirt freshmen, and senior QB currently on the team. On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos will look forward to having a healthy lineup at their linebacker position. Last season, this position group was plagued by injuries, and the off-season will allow them to retool their line-backing core.

Mountain West rankings: Other than Wolf Pack, not a lot to get excited about

The Wolf Pack is rolling! The rest of the MWC, not so much. Nevada finds themselves at the top of this list, sitting at 12-0. Fresno State, Utah State, San Diego State, and Boise State round-out the top 5. But one noticeable trend you find on the list is the presence of losing records. In fact, there are more losing records on this list then winning. It gives you an indication of how the MWC is doing basketball wise.

All of the ridiculous things that happened in the Cheez-It Bowl

Who says you need a high score to be entertaining? The Cheez-It Bowl was unique in almost every way. This game featured 9 interceptions. Yes, you read that right, NINE INTERCEPTIONS. Missed field goals and a full-back that was the “impact player” of the game. That’s a phrase you don’t hear often. This instant classic ended in 10-7 TCU OT win.

On The Horizon

Friday: Arizona Bowl Preview: Nevada faces tough test against Arkansas State, Player Profile: Jazz Johnson, The Recruiting So Far: San Diego State

Saturday: Arizona Bowl: How To Watch, What to Look For, and Game Thread