The Wyoming Cowboys are just four quarters away from locking up bowl eligibility. What stands between them is one of the worst teams in college football this year. Last year this same awful Lobo team beat Wyoming 34-31 for their lone victory of the year. Can lightning strike twice or will Wyoming handle New Mexico like a 24 point favorite should?
Right now I view the Lobos as an injured wild animal. Obviously things aren't going to end well but they are still very dangerous and can't be overlooked. This team is coming off it's first win and was playing better before that victory. So anything can happen in college football as we all know. The good news is that New Mexico has only won one game each of the last two years. So if they stick to tradition then they will lose this week.
There are certainly some playmakers for the Lobos to watch out for this week. Carmen Messina is one of the best linebackers in the Mountain West and is all over the field. Crusoe Gongbay is a young running back that has improved steadily in his first season. Freshmen WR Deon Leong leads the Mountain West in receiving yards per game at 88.5. He is also a threat on kickoff returns and has taken one back already for a touchdown.
The reality is that the Lobos still have one of the worst defenses in the nation. They give up 489 yards per game and 42.4 points per game. Wyoming's offense has taken a big hit the last couple weeks with injuries to running back Ghaali Muhammad and leading receiver Chris McNeill. This is a perfect opportunity for the team to get freshmen running back Kody Sutton some more reps in his second game. Also Brett Smith can work on his chemistry with Mazi Obgonna, Robert Herron, Dominic Rufran and Josh Doctson. Hopefully one of them can step up and become a clutch receiver the rest of the year.
This will also be a sad/joyous game since it is senior day with 13 seniors playing in their final home game of their career. That group has done a lot for this team over these years.
Here they are in alphabetical order:
- DE Josh Biezuns
- WR Kyle Cobb
- CB Tashaun Gipson
- LB Brian Hendricks
- OL Travis Hillen
- OL John Hutchins
- OL Clayton Kirven
- DE Greg Knapton
- WR DeJay Lester
- P Austin McCoy
- S Eric Mitchell
- WR Mazi Ogbonna
- OL Brandon Self
- DE Bryson Studnicka
Luckily their career isn't over and they will have a shot at going to a final bowl game if they can win tommorow.