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Mountaintop View 9-27-2018

Fresno-Toledo, New Mexico running backs, acupuncture, and more

NCAA Football: Fresno State at UCLA Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Thursday and college football is back again! Fall is here (I think technically it started on the 22nd?) and so is conference play in the Mountain West. Here are some news links and notes from around the conference.

Bulldogs’ McMaryion riding high, tops list of things to watch against Toledo

One Mountain West team not in conference play just yet is Fresno State, as they’ll host the Toledo Rockets of the MAC this weekend. The Rockets average 51 PPG on offense, but don’t appear to be able to stop anything that moves on defense. Quarterback Marcus McMaryion’s running ability will come in handy this weekend, and this is as good a time as ever for the Fresno State running game to shape up. This one has the potential to be a high scoring affair, although I expect the Fresno defense to give the Rocket offense a challenge.

UNM backs are still learning new offense

New Mexico running backs Ahmari Davis and Tyrone Owens are the faces of the Lobo rushing attack. The Lobos took a big step forward in the run game vs. New Mexico State, where the Aggies defense keyed on stopping the Lobo rushing attack and failed. Calvin Magee, the new Lobos offensive coordinator, says the two running backs are still learning but expects them to be a formidable tandem this fall.

‘Acupuncture Tough’: Boise State football gets needled in quest to stay on field

Dana Logan has provided acupuncture for Boise State football for years, and around 15 players per week brave her practice in downtown Boise. Boise State safety/nickel Kekaula Kaniho is one of those individuals. Read that story and more, including updates on Boise State’s unexpectedly solid wide receiver play, as well as the injury issues the cornerbacks room has faced.

QB Tyler Vander Waal expects more production in Wyoming’s offense

The Wyoming passing game hasn’t gone according to plan so far. The Pokes rank 118th nationally in passing offense, and 123rd in passing efficiency. Not great, Bob. To be fair, the Cowboys offense wasn’t exactly setting the skies on fire under Josh Allen either, and he looked pretty darn good vs. the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend. Vander Waal will get several key playmakers back this weekend as the Cowboys look to upset Boise State on Saturday.

CBS Sports Network Feature on Boise State running back Alexander Mattison

On the horizon:

Be sure to check out our previews for several of this weekend’s Mountain West clashes coming out today.