Panel Of Pokes: Texas State BBQ

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The Pokes head down to the heart of Texas.

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Wyoming Cowboys
@ Texas State Bobcats

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013, 5:00 PM MDT
Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium

TV: Longhorn Network

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Wyoming completes it's non-conference schedule with a trip down to San Marcos, TX.  The newest member of the Sun Belt is just in it's second year as a FBS team.  Two years ago they traveled to Laramie but were on the lower FCS level.  This has been a trap game by many with the long road trip and the bye week taking place next week. Does this concern our panel?

First here is an update on our Pick Em' Standings.

Rank Pick Set Name Total Pts W-L
1 Wampus 27 27-6
2 Heart Mountain Thunder 27 27-6
3 Connor 26 26-7
4 Poke Living in Sin aka Utah 26 26-7
4 DDR 26 26-7

Connor Conningham - WyoNation

Pokes Pick: Robert Herrron- Herron had a nice game against Air Force and he has had nice season to date. With that said, I am still waiting for him to have his breakout game/play. I think Herron breaks off a big touchdown and has over 150 yards and a score, maybe two.

Score: 35-17 Cowboys

Thoughts on the game:
I think Texas State could give the Pokes a scare if Wyoming comes out flat. I think UW comes out firing and we win this one going away.


Ian McMackin - GoWyoGo

Pokes Pick: WR Robert Herron: I'll go out and say Herron makes a few big plays in the receiving game this weekend and hits around 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The emergence of Dominic Rufran makes Herron's breakaway ability more dangerous, since opposing defenses have to concentrate on more than one receiving threat. Herron can beat you on the screen pass and go the distance, and take the slant and make a big play. I see him doing both on Saturday.

Score: Wyoming 34 Texas State 14

Thoughts on the game: I said from the beginning during the summer, the Cowboys have a chance to be most prolific offensively since the Roach/Tiller era of the late 80's to mid-90's. The only way the Texas State defense slows the QB Brett Smith lead offense down is forcing turnovers and the Bobcats have shown the ability to get takeaways. The Pokes need to be ready to protect the football and remained focus, and they should win this game fairly easily.

Some of the posters have cautioned about this as a trap game, against an athletic Texas State team that UW head coach Dave Christensen calls the most skilled team Wyoming has played since Nebraska.  The Bobcats don't have a scary offense and won the Southern Mississippi game barely by forcing multiple turnovers, and the key is protection of the ball by the Cowboys and be ready to play after winning an emotional game against Air Force last Saturday.

Brad Reed - WyoNation

Poke Pick: Brett Smith. Yeah, like I'm going to pick anyone else here. Brett Smith is currently #2 in the country in total yards per game and the Wyoming offense ranks 8th in team offense. Texas State ranks 72nd in total defense, but plays pretty decently against the rush. However, that's not going to stop Smith this week.

Cowboys 41, Texas State 13. The Texas State offense is pretty poor.. and that's being generous. The Cowboy defense isn't terrific by any means, but Texas State's offense really is that bad.

Thoughts on the game:
I've read a lot of chatter this week about this being a trap game for the Pokes. I disagree. This offense is humming. They're currently #2 in the country in offensive efficiency running a play in just over every 18 seconds. Dave Christensen seems to think they can be faster. Brett Smith is still finding his passing groove, but last week's performance against Air Force certainly made for some fun conversation this week. Texas State is an FBS newcomer and still finding their way. Their offense is mostly rushing based, and that might save them for a little while this week against Wyoming's defensive front seven, but won't be enough. The Pokes will need to learn to adjust in a hurry to the heat and humidity of San Marcos, but this isn't their first rodeo in Texas, as they were in Austin last season to play the Longhorns. The Pokes most definitely need to win this game if they want to play in the post season. This is a gimme for the Pokes, on paper, and these are games they need to win if they want to be a Mountain West contender.


Matt Hargleroad - Cowboy Altitude

Pokes Pick: The players from Texas.  This will be a homecoming of sorts for several players and may be the first time they've had a chance to play in front of friends or family.

Score: Wyoming 42 Texas State 17

Thoughts: This game will feature two contrasting offensive styles as the Pokes average the second shortest time between plays while Texas State is dead last.  The Bobcats try to control the ball and the block.  Unfortunately they are not a great running team with just 3.49 yards per carry.  The run defense has been impressive for Texas State so far but the secondary gave up 434 passing yards last week against Texas Tech.

If Wyoming can execute (and I expect them to) then they should have no problem in winning this game easily.  If mental errors and turnovers occur then this game could be much closer then expected.  The Cowboys really appear to be locked in and they will be ready to roll when they take the field in San Marcos on Saturday.

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