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Mountaintop View 9-10-19

midweek football report, update on NCAA amateurism bill in CA, players of the week

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Week 2 is in the books as we focus on the midweek headlines moving towards week 3. Also an update on the fight for the payment of student athletes, enjoy Tuesday’s links!

Undoing NCAA amateurism, legislation passes CA vote

The Fair Pay to Play act in California, which would allow college athletes to make money from endorsement deals, passed by a vote of 72-0. The legislation is expected to reach California governor, Gavin Newsom who will then have 30 days to sign it. The bill would go into effect in 2023 and has provoked schools across California to oppose it. The new legislation has also gained support from global personalities including Lebron James and even Bernie Sanders. This would be a big milestone for proponents of the payment of college athletes.

The UNLV QB situation

Armani Rogers, even after this past week’s poor performance, is still UNLVs starting QB for now. The question is, will he make it the whole year? Rogers completed 8 of 23 passes for only 42 yards while also throwing a pick six this past weekend, if the Rebels are to get back on track they need Rogers to start playing like he did at the end of last season when he finished strong. With a big game this weekend against B1G Northwestern, Rogers will need a quick turn around, if not, redshirt freshman Kenyon Oblad might get a shot while Max Gilliam continues to recover from a foot injury.

Broncos move up in rankings but need to be better

Boise State followed up their big opening week win over FSU with a bit of a let down, only beating Marshall 14-7 on the blue. Coach Harsin knows the team didn’t perform as well as they should saying “I don’t think anybody’s happy with the performances that we’ve had”. The biggest issue right now is holding on to the football, the Broncos are third in FBS in fumbles through two weeks with 8. The Broncos are still one of the best teams in the conference but they haven’t gotten rolling on all cylinders yet and they need to tighten it up going forward if they want to stay in the top 25.

SDSU runs the Pac 12

Players of the week

On the horizon:

  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Week 2
  • Later Today: MWC Week 2 Outcomes & Game of the Week
  • Coming Wednesday: Week 3 Bowl Projections