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September 22, 2014

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Friday links feast: MWC media already rallying for TCU support

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If both TCU and Boise State run the table this season, defensive lineman Jerry Hughes won’t be the only one in Fort Worth with a puzzled look.

From now on, you'll be able to get this here each Friday — links. Lots of links.

I'll bring you some reports from around the Mountain West Conference. Plain and simple. No greens fees. No tickets necessary. Nothing. Gratis. Enjoy.

— It's hard to argue with the point made here by Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. If you line them up side by side, TCU is more impressive than Boise State, top-to-bottom. Unfortunately, it appears that the nation's voters (and computers) probably won't give an undefeated group of Horned Frogs a shot at a BCS bowl unless the beloved Broncos slip somewhere along the way. Playing in the WAC? It's certainly a long shot, unless maybe UNR can duplicate that 773-yard performance from a week ago when Boise State comes around.

— BYU picked up its first hoops commitment from the 2010 senior class, and it was a big one. Surprise, surprise, Provo product Kyle Collinsworth shunned offers from the likes of Arizona State, Virginia, Southern Cal and several others to stay home and play for BYU, where his older brother, Chris, will play upon returning from a two-year mission for the 2010-11 season. At 6-foot-6 with plenty of versatility, Collinsworth, who is ranked as the No. 125 prospect in the 2010 class, sounds very much like the second coming of the departed Lee Cummard.

— Not all bright and shiny news this week, though, in Provo. Somehow, sophomore defensive back Shiloah Te'o kept it a secret from BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall that he was cited for DUI back on Aug. 29. Well, at least he kept it a secret until last weekend, when he was dismissed from the program.

— Between injuries, emotions and a classic quarterback controversy, Air Force's 16-13 overtime loss last weekend really stung the Falcons.

— Gotta give some credit to Wyoming. In just a few weeks, they've gone from the brink of disaster to double-digit favorites on the road in a conference game. Then again, Bishop Gorman would probably be a double-digit fave at New Mexico.

— Six months from now, this will be looked at as either a genius pick by the league's media, or further proof that media preseason polls are pretty much worthless. For the record, I picked the Aztecs third.

— The swine flu ... Mountain West style.

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