First let's take a quick look at the top five teams in the pick em' contest.
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Here is a really long and strange song about Albuquerque.
Poke Pick: WR Robert Herron
Score Prediction: Wyoming 38 New Mexico 36
I think the Cowboys pull this game out in a close one. New Mexico's offense is difficult to prepare and the Cowboy defense will be challenged to stop the Lobos. Wyoming's offense should move the ball effectively and the key could come down to the team that gets turnovers in key situations or defensive stops at the right time. This should be a productive game for Brett Smith and Robert Herron could be primed for a breakout game, making ammends for his turnover game two years ago. The Lobos will be hungry and a bit dangerous, while the Pokes have some momentum after their border war victory over CSU.
Poke Pick: Brett Smith - I have gone with a punter and a head coach lately and I have done pretty well with those picks. I said last week that Dave Christensen would do all he had to do to win the game after being suspended and play whoever he had to and he did and the Bronze Boot stayed in Laramie for a fourth year. Well this week I am going with Brett Smith, Smith looked comfortable again with the offense last week and the way New Mexico has played lately this could be a shootout, a good way for Smith to have a big game.
Score: Pokes: 41 Lobos 31
My Poke pick this week isn't going to change. No one else is stepping up to take the load off of Brett Smith's shoulders, so again this week, my pick is Brett Smith. Smith had a great game vs the sheep last week and I expect that trend to continue. New Mexico is going to be a tough game on the road, but I think the Pokes have it in them to win. Brett Smith needs to limit his mistakes, as he has been lately, and be more comfortable running the football. You can tell watching he's still holding back a little bit when he rushes, which is understandable given the year he's had, but if he gets his feet back, plus the success he'd been having throwing the football this year, he's going to do some great things to finish this season. Finishing with four wins in a row isn't off the table and the schedule sets up for such. Coaches in the MW are taking notice that Brett Smith is going to do what he does and get yards.. can they contain him? Doubtful.
The Pokes have a tough test this week against a surprising New Mexico team. This Lobos team was left for dead last year, they were the worst FBS team in the country and it wasn't even close. Over the winter they hired Bob Davie to be their new coach and it left much of the college football world with a "meh" feeling about the hire. He hadn't been coaching for something like 10 years, had been in a booth, and definitely wasn't coaching. Here we are almost a year later and there seems to be a tiny bit of excitement down in Lobo land. The team has turned to a triple option style attack and have been running it pretty effectively. The Cowboys have faced triple option attacks twice this year and neither ended well for the Pokes. Third time's a charm? I sure hope so. Pokes haven't had a lot of success in Albuquerque against New Mexico, but I think they can probably pull out this win. The run defense has been better the last few weeks, and the offense seems to be clicking again having Smith, Herron, and May healthy again. Pokes 35, Lobos 31.
Matt Hargleroad - Cowboy Altitude
Poke Pick:Brandon Miller moved back to running back last week due to the injury to DJ May. Miller provided a dangerous dual threat as he gained 89 yards rushing and 59 yards receiving. It was certainly his best performance of the year. The Lobos give up a league worst 273 passing yards per game. Miller may not run as much this week but he will have plenty of success finding space in the New Mexico secondary.
Score:I certainly expect Wyoming to have some success this week and have some payback for that loss two years ago in ABQ. The Lobos have the most one dimensional offense in the country with just 53 yards a game. They have struggled the last couple weks and are dealing with several key injuries of their own. Wyoming 31 New Mexico 27