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Mountaintop View 7-26-21. Conference realignment, transfer portal, betting odds, watchlist, coaching hire.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Navy at Air Force Photo by Mat Gdowski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s Monday and we’re back after the weekend. The links keep pressing on, so check out the latest Mountain West and college sports-related news from around the web, plus the original content we have coming your way this week.

Should the AAC go on the offensive?

This article is written from the viewpoint of the American Athletic Conference, but it applies to the Mountain West as well. Instead of waiting for the Big 12 to possibly poach some of their schools or watch another conference poach Big 12 schools, why doesn’t the AAC or the MWC strike first and convince a few schools to join the ranks? The MWC could benefit from having a Texas footprint if a school like Texas Tech, plus Kansas or Kansas State joined the fray. Is it a long-shot? Of course. Should it be attempted? Most definitely.

Mountain West teams keeping their players.

MWC odds of winning the conference.

Watchlist season continues with the Mackey Award.

Coaching hire.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, with the latest news, offers, and commits.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: West Division Recruiting
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Follow Up From Media Days (and beyond)