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Mountaintop View 12-11-23. Broncos breakout, Lobos are balanced, Cost of a win, All-Americans, Taylor wins Thorpe award.

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Broncos get an easy win after tough schedule.

Who knows how things will end up for Boise State this season, but it won’t be because they weren’t battle-tested. After a grueling November schedule, the 11th most difficult in the country, they finally had a cupcake game with the expected result. The Broncos won by just under 40 points, seeing big games from their three best scorers (Max Rice, Chibuzo Agbo, and Tyson Degenhart). Their shooting hasn’t been the best to start the year, and Rice has been a big part of that. Time will tell if this is a sign of better things to come for their shooting fortunes.

Lobos winning with defense and balance.

New Mexico has instituted a new effort on defensive pressure this season and it’s safe to say its working in the early going. In their recent game against Santa Clara, they forced 26 turnovers, produced 18 steals, and scored 27 points off turnovers. On the offensive side of the ball, the Lobos are trying to spread the ball around. Five different players were in double figures during this game, and none of them were named Jaelen House, who is likely still getting all the way back from an injury earlier this season. Fellow guard and leading scorer Jamal Mashburn Jr. also missed his fifth straight game. The team hopes this development now will pay off later during conference play.

How much do wins cost?

Chris Murray answers this question and more from his Friday mailbag. SJSU gets the most bang for their buck, meaning they get the most wins based on their football budget. The Spartans lead by a wide margin, but UNLV, Wyoming, Boise State, and Fresno State aren’t too far behind, all spending under $2 million per win. On the other end of the spectrum, teams like San Diego State, Colorado State, and Nevada all spend over $4 million per win, with the latter two actually over $6 million. It’s worth reading how the numbers break down for everyone.

Taylor wins the Thorpe.

Walter Camp All-Americans.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: MWCConnection Players of the Week: Week 13
  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup with the latest news, offers, and commitments.
  • Later today: MBB Rankings
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Bowl Preview
  • Coming Tuesday: Hike’s Peak Podcast Episode 26: Bowl Games
  • Coming Wednesday: Reacts Survey: Bowl Games
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: 2023 Team Defensive Rankings