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Mountaintop View 12-27-23. Rebels, Conference Realignment, Utah State & NIL, MBB & WBB POTW.

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NCAA Football: Mountain West Football Championship-Boise State at UNLV Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are down to one last Mountain West football games this weekend, but there is plenty of football news with the transfer portal, as well as coaching news. Also, conference basketball games are right around the corner. Through it all, we have you covered. Take a look at today’s links, plus the content coming your way on our site.

Rebel bowl game

It was a tight game for a quarter, but the Rebels had some miscues in the second period. Blow coverage, a missed FG, and two bad interceptions led to a 28-10 deficit at halftime. UNLV also shot themselves in the foot with a late hit, an illegal substitution, and some other dumb penalties, all of which is uncharacteristic for the team this season. The Rebels came out on fire to open the second half and pulled to within four after three-quarters thanks to two big interceptions. However, it was too little and too late. Kansas (who had over 200 yards of penalities) responded with everything UNLV threw at them and handed the Rebels a loss.

Group of 5 Mailbag.

This week, Chris Vannini discusses recruiting and the transfer portal, neither of which is great new for the G5, especially for the Mountain West. He discusses conference realignment and doesn’t know what the PAC2 is doing and doesn’t think they know either. But the legal fight is pretty much settled and perhaps they want to keep their options open while the Florida State drama heats up over the next two years. The NCAA grace period and the MW media day end in two years, so maybe that’s a better time to have the discussion.

Utah State and NIL.

Last week, Coach Anderson discussed NIL and what the Aggies are trying to do to stay competitive. He said it’s changed everything and many people would probably agree. He admits the collective is far from fully funded but states a handful of guys are receiving money from that. Who knows how much they are willing to divulge, but it sounds like it’s more pocket money than big money for players. It’s also worth noting Anderson states a few Mountain West teams have stepped up their game and have around $1 million to spread out to get and keep players. Even if the Aggies aren’t at that level, they have only lost one key player to the portal this season and many of their best players will be returning next season.

MBB POTW

WBB POTW

On the horizon:

  • Later today: UNLV Bowl Preview
  • Later today: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Bowl Week 2
  • Later today: The Recruiting Road So Far: Fresno State
  • Later today: Hike’s Peak Podcast Episode 28: Bowl Week 2
  • Later today: G-Rate Bowl Game Thread, DraftKings Odds
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Reviewing the 2020 Recruiting Class
  • Coming Wednesday: The Recruiting Road So Far: Hawaii