Welcome to game six of the season and the official halfway point of the 2011 Wyoming football season. By this time we should have a pretty good idea of what this season holds for the Pokes. Three of four wins coming into this week means there is a strong shot at making a bowl game this year. Anything lower is not a good sign as the second half of the schedule is much stronger.
Last year this meeting with UNLV was the most embarrassing loss for Wyoming. The hapless Rebels looked like Oregon as they crushed the Pokes 42-16. Time for some revenge on Coach Hauck who is heading into his second year. For the first time in eights the Rebels will start at QB that is not named Omar Clayton. Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration but it certainly that way to me.
Last year UNLV finished 2-11 and return a total of 12 starters from last year. Seven on offense, four on defense plus the kicker. WR Phillip Payne is projected to be one of the top receivers in the Mountain this year. Last year he missed a couple of games due to suspension for publicly criticizing new coach Bobby Hauck. He still finished with 40 catches for 689 yards.
There isn't a lot of hype surrounding the UNLV football program right now. There isn't much depth that outgoing coach Mike Sanford left. The recruits from Hauck's first class are likely still too young to make a huge impact this year. With the home crowd behind them I fully except Wyoming to roll down the Rebels in this one.
There is now reason for the Cowboys to be tired for this game. Two weeks prior to this game they have a bye week then followed by a short road trip to Utah State. After this game the Pokes are able to enjoy their second bye week of the season. That week off will be a lot more enjoyable if they have a victory to celebrate.
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