Preview: Wyoming Cowboys (2-8) @ UNLV Rebels (1-8)


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Wyoming Cowboys
@ UNLV Rebels

Saturday, Nov 13, 2010, 8:00 PM MST
Sam Boyd Stadium

TV: The Mtn.

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Two teams with five game losing streaks doesn't sound very exciting to most fans.  But with defenses that each give up over 30+ points this should be a high scoring affair.  And somebody has to win, right?  Wyoming was shocked last week New Mexico while UNLV was rocked by BYU. 

Welcome to Thunderdome: two teams enter - one team leaves!

As Wyoming fan I had this game filled in as a W on the schedule using permanent ink.  The same would have been said about last weeks game against New Mexico and we all know how that turned out. The loss last week makes this game much closer than originally expected. The offense did have it's best game of the season so it will be exciting to see if they can continue the momentum into the last two games of the year.  Can the Cowboy defense step up and keep the Rebels off the board?

For the Rebels QB Omar Clayton will get the start the start but expect Caleb Herring to also see the field.  It seems like Clayton has been the starting QB for the last seven years but it's only been four  He is a Senior so this is the last time the Pokes will face him.  Neither QB has been having a great season but Clayton is better on paper with 1,082 yards passing and six touchdowns.  Herring is the future for UNLV and has 344 yards passing and three touchdowns.

There are two threats at wide out for the Rebels: Phillip Payne and Michael Johnson.  Payne leads the team with 432 yards receiving despite missing two games this year.  Johnson has 414 yards himself and leads the team with four touchdown receptions.  Tim Cornett is the only real threat on the ground with 310 yards rushing. 

Despite their poor record the Rebels were scoring plenty of points at the beginning of the season.  They've struggled over the last month and scored just 33 points over their last four games.  Wyoming has scored 95 points over that same four game period.

The Pokes will be looking for their third consecutive game with 30+ points.  While the offense has improved for Wyoming the defense has struggled to keep their opponents out of the end zone.  They've allowed at least 25 points over the last five games.  Only one time has an opponent been held to less than twenty points which was a 20-15 victory over Toledo.

Expect Wyoming to go with the heavy ground attack like they did last week against New Mexico.  The Rebels give up an average of 220 yards rushing this year.  If  Pokes can fix the turnover issue then chalk this one up as a Win.

Who would win in real life?

Rebels against Cowboys? So too human fighting it out... this will be tough.  The Rebels get points for a having a really big mustache and that "Rebel" element makes them dangerous.

Verdict: In real life I say the Rebels take would win but they are obviously angry about something and are part of a rebellion.  On the football field I see Cowboys bouncing back big and putting a large victory over UNLV.

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