Sitting on a 1-3 record the Wyoming Cowboys need to summon their inner road warrior and come out of Toledo this weekend with a victory in order to achieve their season goal of becoming bowl eligible. Another 6-6 record would do the trick and earn the Cowboys a repeat trip a bowl game.
Standing in their way this week are the 3-1 Toledo Rockets who are riding high after winning three straight and have their eyes set on a MAC title. The Glass Bowl is small stadium with a capacity of 26,248 that generates plenty of crowd noise. A victory over Toledo won't be easy but compared the following three games for Wyoming it is a much easier task.
The home Rockets are currently 4.5 point favorites over the Cowboys. The following two weeks for Wyoming include a road game at #5 TCU and then hosting #13 Utah. Even with a win on Saturday the Pokes could be looking at a 2-5 record quickly. Though that is much appealing then a 1-6 record and six straight losses.
Last year Wyoming used a come from behind 30-28 victory over Florida Atlantic to even their record at 2-2 and help set the tone for the rest of the year. Fives time in 2009 Wyoming used fourth quarter come backs for a 7-6 record including a victory over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. The victory over Florida Atlantic happened on October 3, 2009 let's hope October 2, 2010 proves just as successful.
Toledo won't let this game be an easy one for the Pokes. After three straight road victories including a win over Purdue last week the Rockets will come home to an excited crowd that is anxious to watch a home victory. The lone loss for Toledo was a 41-2 loss to #14 Arizona at home to start the season.
Since that loss the defense for the Rockets has really stepped up and were key to all three victories. The run defense allows only 96 yards per game but they have proven weak in stopping the pass attack with 275 yards allowed.
Wyoming focused on the passing attack the first three games but tried to control the game last week against Air Force and nearly pulled off the victory. What scheme will the Cowboys roll with this week? Coach Christensen isn't giving any insight into his plans for Toledo so fans wills have to just wait and see.
The offense for Toledo has done enough in each victory to get the W but have been out gained by their opponents 260 to 371 per game on the year. With just 212 yards against Ohio and being out gained 416 to 268 against Western Michigan the offense does a great job of capitalizing on mistakes by their opponents.
If Wyoming can limit turnovers and keep the ball moving there should be a solid chance of snapping this three game slide. If not then this could be a tough sophomore season for the Cowboys under Coach Christensen.