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Game Prep: 2012 Border War

The time has come again for Sheep Week. Time to keep the Bronze Boot in Laramie for a fourth straight year.

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Injuries, Depth Chart And Other Roster News

Plenty of injury news and other updates for the Pokes this week.

TWO GONE

The most interesting news came out at the beginning of the week when we learned that two players were no longer with the team. Running back Kody Sutton and defensive back Kenny Browder were both dismissed from the team. Sutton is in his sophomore year and had been redshirting this year. He left the team briefly in August due to a health issue in his family but later returned. Sutton has been granted his release and will transfer.

Browder is a senior and had appeared in six games this year. After playing in the first six games of the season Browder missed the Fresno State and Boise State games. He had five total tackles on the year. The Cowboy depth in the secondary was already paper thin before losing Browder. You'll see the results of that in the depth chart.

INJURIES

In sad news senior defensive tackle Kurt Taufa'asau injured his knee in practice this week, it is severe enough that he will miss the rest of the year. It was just a routine practice and the knee just went out. Not a freak injury or anything. His knee won't require surgery but it will be a long recovery. Kurt and Mike Purcell had provided one of the best duo of defensive tackles in the Mountain West. Because it so late in the season Taufa'asua is not eligible for a medical redshirt and his career at UW is done. Very tough way for anyone to end their season and/or career. Patrick Mertens and B.J. Sumter will try and fill in for him. Wyoming only has three healthy defensive tackles on the roster now. The others are redshirting and you would hate to burn a year of eligibility so late in the year.

Luke Ruff will miss his fourth straight game. Very tough to see a senior captain miss his his final Border War,

Running back D.J. May was hurt in the Boise State game. He was listed as day-to-day earlier in the week. On Monday and Tuesday he wore a walking boot at practice. On Wednesday May was bootless and took some reps. Shaun Wick will get the start if May is not able to go.

DE Miraldo Michel is out for this game. Eddie Yarbrough or Justin Bernthaler will get the start at left defensive end. MLB Oliver Schober is also out.

HEALTHY

Right tackle Kyle Magnuson is healthy this week and will start again at right tackle. Magnuson was injured against Fresno State and missed the game last week.

DEPTH CHART

Darrenn White is listed as the starter at free safety. Due to the number of injuries in the secondary he is also listed as the backup corner for Blair Burns. That is the first time I've ever seen Wyoming list someone on the depth chart at two related positions. Luke Anderson is #2 at free safety. DeAndre Jones is the backup for Marqueston Huff at the second corner spot. Really can't afford to lose anyone else in the secondary this week.

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The biggest hit this week is certainly losing Big Kurt. Wyoming needs to focus on stopping the Rams running attack and force freshmen quarterback Conner Smith to try to gain yards through the air. Ram quarterbacks have been sacked 25 times this year. Time to add to that number.

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Panel Of Pokes: Border War and Costumes

Time for spooky version of Panel of Pokes. The only thing that is actually scary right now is these teams records. Welcome to a very special Halloween edition of Panel of Pokes. We tried to spice this one up a bit and we hope you enjoy it.

First we'll take a look at the updated standings in the Pick Em Contest.

Rank Pick Set Name Total Pts W-L
1 buckeyeman11 47 47-13
2 MrTitleist FTW! 47 47-13
3 ForeverBlue 47 47-13
4 Rowdie Road 45 45-15
5 mrtnt3x 45 45-15

We have a three way tie for the top spot. I was surprised myself in fourth place since I messed up and forgot to place my picks in time for the Nevada-Air Force game. Only one player correctly guessed all five games. Congrats to "John".

I asked all of our Panel of Pokes crew to tell us about their favorite Halloween costume as well as their typical pic

Anyone think it would be great to see one side of War Memorial hold up giant cards that form remember the 2010 Border War beat down?


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Matt Blaylock - Poke Pride

Poke Pick: Dave Christensen

Back in June I predicted that Wyoming would run away with this game and win 34-12, I am going to stick with that prediction. Head coach Dave Christensen is going to be fired up after having to be away for a week due to his suspension. This week if all players do not play to the best of their ability then old DC may have their head on a Brown and Gold Platter.DC will have the play book open so look for the offense to be hitting on all cylinders. It is a bad week to be a Ram and a great week to be a Poke. The best thing to happen this season to the Pokes was the suspension of Christensen as now he will be fired up and that will resonate through the whole team and that is why I am going out on a limb and making the head coach my Poke Pick.

Favorite Halloween Costume: Maybe I am just to old to remember, because I do not have one.

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Ian McMackin - GoWyoGo

Poke Pick: QB Brett Smith

Score Prediction: Wyoming 35 CSU 23

Favorite Halloween Costume: Probably Superman or Batman, or Star Wars. From a perspective of a young kid, any costume of a super hero or the Star Wars era with the popular action figures were cool to wear or see friends with it on during Holloween. Who's going to be the Cowboys' Superman this weekend?

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Brad Reed - WYONATION


Poke Pick: My pick for this week is going to be Brett Smith. Big players step up in big games and this is a big game for both schools. This is Brett Smith's time to shine and bring home a 4th boot in a row to Laramie. The boot seems to have a nice home in Laramie, as it's been there for three consecutive years. Smith is due for a big game here and there's no time like this weekend to keep the streak alive. If the Pokes win this weekend that will mean the seniors will go out never having lost to the sheep. That's a nice streak and hasn't happened since the 60's for the Cowboys. A win over the sheep would definitely give the Pokes a boost going into the final few games of the season.

Score Prediction: The Cowboys are finally favored in a football game this season. That's good news for the Pokes. The last time the Pokes played the sheep at home they won 44-0 behind a few Alvester Alexander touchdowns. The team has changed quite a bit since then, but I would love to see a similar result. The Pokes are due for a blowout victory and who better to beat on than the state college to the South. I'm going to go with the Pokes here, and the boot stays in Laramie. Pokes 38, sheep 13.

Instead of rambling on about Cowboy football Matt wants to change things up and talk about Halloween. I'm just going to throw out that I'm not a big fan of Halloween, as I stopped dressing up for the holiday before I was 10 years old.. I was an adult much faster than I should have been. I had a number of Halloween costumes (that I can remember).. everything from a Care Bear (shut up, they were popular!) to a GI Joe to a Washington Redskin football player, as well as a Dallas Cowboy player to Batman and a Ninja Turtle. The costume I remember most is when Mom put me in a hound dog costume.. It was a brown and black one piece suit with a dog mask.. the mask looked like one of those goofy people that go to Cleveland Browns games (minus the cigar sticking out of the mask's mouth). The only reason I remember this costume (aside from the mask being god-awful hot) is because the costume had a tail and Mom had taken us kids downtown Thermopolis to do some trick-or-treating and when I got in the car apparently my tail had gotten shut in the car door. So for the drive four miles to home I couldn't move because my damn tail was in the car door. I don't particularly remember this costume because it was cool but because my Mom brings it up at least once a year, usually in situations that may or may not embarrass me. Anyways, my favorite costume was probably the Ninja Turtle costume or the Batman costume. Those don't seem to be quite as memorable though except I looked like a bad ass in those costumes.

GO POKES, BEAT THE sheep!

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Matt Hargleroad - Cowboy Altitude

Poke Pick: Korey Jones

The senior from Fort Collins has plenty riding on this game. As a senior captain he'll do everything he can to stop the Rams and hold the Bronze Boot one more time.

Score: I've been down on the Pokes recently but that changes this week. This will be close like last year but the Pokes will still pull it out 27-23. Anything and everything can happen in the Border War.

Halloween Costume: I never had any great Halloween costumes. The one I wore the most was my Chicago Bears uniform. It came with a helmet and jersey and I wore it a ton while playing football and for at least three times trick or treating. My worst costume was a yellow Care Bear outfit that my mom made. She put a lot of effort into it but it was super warm and I looked ridiculous.

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PICTURES: A Look Back At The 2011 Border War

Last year I made the trip to Colorado and attended my first Border War. It was an experience I will never forget.

The Pokes had already secured a bowl berth. Meanwhile Steve Fairchild was desperately trying to hold on to his job, he failed.

Hughes Stadium was basically a bowl full of snow and ice. The temperature was in the low 20's and only the heartiest of fans showed up to brave the elements. Brett Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for 90 yards. The Pokes were holding onto a 20-19 lead in the fourth quarter. Mike Purcell sacked Garret Grayson for a safety with 3:18 left to make the lead 22-19. The Rams got the ball back with one minute left off on the clock.

Blair Burns sealed the victory by intercepting Grayson on 2nd down. Wyoming knelt down to take the third straight Bronze Boot.

Here is our picture gallery from the Border War.


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McElwain Wants The Bronze Boot


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Coach McElwain wants his preciousss....

It's not happening buddy.

The Rams may have won the Rocky Mountain Showdown this year. They are not sweeping taking the Bronze Boot as well. The shiny and precious Bronze Boot will be staying in Laramie for a fourth straight year.

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Game Prep: Border War 2012

The time has come again for Sheep Week. Time to keep the Bronze Boot in Laramie for a fourth straight year.

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