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Mountaintop View 12-13-23 Holker leaving, Aztec dilemma, Avalos status, Rams hoops regroups, Wolf Pack review, Utah State game preview

NCAA Basketball: Denver at Colorado State

It’s the Hump Day Edition of MWCConnection and we balance between football and basketball news today. Get caught up on some of the doings around the conference. Enjoy!!

MW Football News

Dallin Holker to leave Colorado State football for NFL draft

For a time it appeared that the Ram star TE would return for a final year in Fort Collins, but he has decided to leave the program and start preparing for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Pandora’s box has opened. Can SDSU close it?

For the past year, the Aztecs have touted imminent P5 inclusion in their recruiting pitch. Now that inclusion didn’t pan out plus a head coach change, numerous players have already announced leaving via transfer portal. Pressure is now on new Head Coach Sean Lewis to ebb the outgoing flow.

Former Boise State head coach Andy Avalos becomes TCU’s defensive coordinator

Andy Avalos has always been highly praised for his work as a DC, first at Boise State and then at Oregon. So it came as no surprise that he found work as a DC quickly, with TCU announcing his hiring.

MW Basketball News

Colorado State men’s basketball team drops, but remains in top-25 after first loss

The Rams dropped four spots in the AP Poll after their loss on Saturday as they take a short break during their finals week. See some other key metrics so far this season.

Ramey: Nevada’s loss to Drake does not expose fatal flaw but gives Wolf Pack homework

The Wolf Pack’s first loss was rather handily to Drake by 19 points. So does this portend something sinister for the rest of the season or just room for improvement? Nevada Sports Net’s John Ramey gives us his thoughts on this.

Utah State faces Santa Clara on 8-game win streak

The Aggies host the Broncos later this evening with a chance to add to their current winning streak. Utah State has been led by their big man who has lived up to his name so far this season, Great Osobor. See who are the other key players for each team leading up to tip-off.

On the horizon:

Later today: Peak Perspective: 2023 Mountain West Team Defensive Rankings

Coming Friday: New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State: Game time, TV schedule, odds, and game thread.

Coming Friday: LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State: Game time, TV schedule, odds, and game thread.