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Mountaintop View 9-6-18

Nevada’s unlikely starter, Hawaii’s strong offensive line, and more.

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Nevada’s Kalei Meyer finds fresh slate, newfound success on other side of ball

Chris Murray profiles Nevada center Kalei Meyer, an unlikely starter for the Wolf Pack who was overlooked coming out of high school despite his strong football genes. His great grandfather played at Hawaii, his grandfather played at Boise State. The Wolf Pack hit the road to take on Vanderbilt this Saturday.

Rainbow Warriors’ offensive line have exceeded everyone’s expectations

With true freshman Solo Vaipulu and Ilm Manning starting right off the bat, one could forgive critics for having low expectations for the Hawaii offensive line. They have exceeded expectations to this point, giving quarterback Cole McDonald a clean pocket. The Army, Wyoming, and Brigham Young tests in the coming weeks are sure to test this group. The Warriors take on Rice this upcoming weekend.

Alex Perry adds depth to UNLV secondary after NCAA ruling

UNLV sophomore cornerback Alex Perry, an Arizona State transfer, received welcome news when he found out that he’s won his appeal and can play for the Rebels this fall. Perry was once a four-star recruit out of high school football powerhouse Bishop Gorman and figures to be a big addition for the Rebels. The Rebels will host UTEP this weekend.

Scouting Report: Sacramento State at Aztecs

The Aztecs are coming off of a disappointing showing vs. Stanford last weekend. While the Cardinal were favored to win the game, San Diego State fans are surely not used to losing games by 21 points to anyone after the skyrocketing success of the program under Rocky Long. Beat writer Kirk Kenney details what the Aztecs face this weekend in Sacramento State, a potentially tougher opponent than most realize. Though, the Aztecs should still coast to victory.

Wyoming football carries positives into Missouri preparations

Needless to say, Wyoming fans were hoping for better from the Pokes vs. Wazzu. Teased at halftime with a 16-13 lead, thinking all is well, the Cougars exploded to a 41-19 win. The Pokes offense wasn’t the same after running back Nico Evans left the game with an injury. The Cowboys will hope to bounce back this upcoming weekend vs. a strong Missouri team.

On the horizon:

Thursday: Check out our previews of New Mexico State-Utah State, the revenge match for the Blue Aggies, and Wyoming-Missouri.

Friday: The UConn-Boise State and Air Force-Florida Atlantic previews should be dropping to close the work week.

Saturday: Check out our gameday thread and join in on the conversation.