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Mountaintop View 8-9-23. SDSU & Conference Realignment, Wolf Pack Special Teams & OL, O’Brien & Guy Watchlists, Future Games.

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We are now in football preseason, and updates are happening daily. We have made it to the start of the college football season once again. Through it all, we have you covered. Take a look at today’s links, plus the content coming your way on our site.

SDSU tried to form a new conference... unless they didn’t.

In yesterday’s episode of “As the College Football Wolrd Turns”, Dennis Dodd reported that San Diego State was leading a charge to get the top schools in the Mountain West and American to breakaway and form a new conference with the four leftover teams from the PAC, hoping that was enough to be a Power Conference. It sounds like the rest (or at least most) of the MW schools opted to stick together rather than breakaway (at least for now). To be clear, trying to form a best-of-the-rest conference isn’t a bad idea. However, neither is unity in a time when schools have been selfish in their pursuit of better landing spots. Another major hurdle to all of this are the exit fees the MW has. For what it’s worth, Aztec AD John David Wicker released a statement denying this report.

Nevada hires a new special teams coordinator.

Earlier this year, Nevada had hired Michael Barton as a linebacker and special teams coach. However, at least one of those titles may be changing, because there are new reports that Peyton Yanagi will be the Wolf Pack’s new special teams coordinator. He was a former Oregon long snapper, so another person comes to Nevada from Oregon under Ken Wilson. Yanagi was also a grad assistant at Nevada last year, but had left to be an analyst at Tulsa.

Welch emerging as a Wolf Pack leader.

5th-year senior Zac Welch is one of the most experienced players on the offensive line and the team for Nevada, despite leaving the team for a bit. However, he is helping his linemates put in more work in the weight room, film room, and of course, on the field. Heading into 2023, Welch is slated to be the team’s starting left guard and is determined to reestablish “The Union”, which used to be a source of strength for the team, but has fallen off over the years. The unit is bonding on and off the field and hopes it will make a difference this season.

O’Brien, Guy Watchlists

Future MBB Games.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Peak Perspective: Ranking the 2023 Mountain West Offenses
  • Later today: 2023 Utah State Season Preview
  • Coming Thursday: Boise State Top Players #3
  • Coming Thursday: 2023 Boise State Season Preview
  • Coming Friday: The MWCConnection Roundtable: What Mountain West team will have the best offense in 2023?
  • Coming Friday: 2023 Hawaii Season Preview
  • Coming Friday: Reacts Results