The Cowboys are winless on the season as they take to the highway & clash with the Pac-12's own Washington State Cougars. We analyze the college football odds to find the right side to back.
Wyoming (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS)
Head coach Craig Bohl cannot be a happy man. His Cowboys have been run over in their first two consecutive games by teams that the College Football Odds makers said didn't stand much of a chance. Wyoming opened up their season as 18-point favorites over North Dakota but wound up 24-13 losers. One would believe that the Cowboys would be eager to avenge that shocking loss as they took on Eastern Michigan, again at home and in front of the fan friendlies, and installed as 10 ½-point home chalk. Once again their status as big home dogs did nothing to dissuade the opposition from running roughshod over the Cowboys as Eastern Michigan came away with a 48-29 victory.
If there is any bright spot or silver lining in their latest setback it would be the rushing performance of sophomore Brian Hill who chewed up 242 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. As a matter of fact the Cowboys entire backfield was impressive garnering 430 yards rushing but a mere 32 yards passing. That one dimensional attack will not bode well against teams who will stack the line and bottle up the run.
If Wyoming is to have any success they must get the passing game in gear. The Cowboys' second-string quarterback Josh Allen, starting in place of the injured Cameron Coffman, was sidelined with a shoulder injury midway through the opening quarter and were forced to tap third-stringer Nick Smith to lead the offense the rest of the way. The Cowboys hope to get Coffman back in uniform for their game against Washington State.
Washington State (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
There was no bigger upset in the opening week of college football than the stunner Portland State pulled over an unsuspecting Washington State. The college football odds installed the Cougars as 31-point home favorites and when the dust settled little Portland State of the Big Sky Conference had defeated Washington State 24-17. It was a sobering experience to be sure for the Cougars and they displayed their own brand of resiliency when the team traveled to Rutgers and stole a 37-34 win as five-point underdogs when River Cracraft broke the plane of the endzone with only 13 seconds left for the winning score.
Sophomore quarterback Luke Falk launched early and often completing 47-of-66 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns. Falk continued to torch the Scarlet Knights throughout the afternoon and used all the pass catching weapons in his tool box to do so. Gabe Marks was Falk's main man as Marks caught 14 passes for 146 yards. River Cracraft hauled in the game winner and ended the day with eight catches and 121 yards.
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As of this Monday morning writing this game is off the board and that has plenty to do with Wyoming's injured starting quarterback Cameron Coffman. If Coffman is unable to suit up the Cowboys will be back to their No. 3 starter Nick Smith as No. 2 man Josh Allen is out for eight weeks. As discussed Wyoming's passing attack was invisible even though their rushing attack proved formidable. But they will need a much more balanced attack if they are to have any chance against the likes of Washington State. Speaking of Washington State their quarterback situation couldn't be better as their top man in the pocket Luke Falk looked supremely confident dissecting Rutgers' secondary last week.
This one should be a lopsided affair with or without Coffman at the Wyoming helm. In your College Football Picks play Washington State at BetOnline.com.
College Football Pick: Washington State at BetOnline