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Tough Second Half Awaits Wyoming

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Sitting at 4-2 midway through the season Cowboy fans are pleased with the progress their team has made so far this season.  Still the Pokes need three wins to become bowl eligible this year.  That certainly won't be easy based on the remaining schedule.  The Pokes biggest win this year has been against a 4-4 Bowling Green team that will likely end up 6-6.

The easier schedule has been great to get the offense running well under new OC Gregg Brandon and freshmen QB Brett Smith.  The New Mexico game is the only certain remaining game where the Pokes will be favored.  With the Border War being on the road, Colorado State may get the edge simply based on home field advantage. 

Here are the Sagarin Ratings for the Pokes first six opponents and the outcome of the game:

Weber State 150 (Win)
Texas State 166 (Win)
Bowling Green 85 (Win)
Nebraska 23 (Loss)
Utah State 107 (Loss)
UNLV Win (157)

 

The loss to Utah State certainly hurt the bowl chances for Wyoming by a big margin.  Let's take a look at how the Cowboys remaining schedule stacks up after the jump.

Rating
@ San Diego State 53
TCU 31
@ Air Force 70
New Mexico 193
@ Boise State 4
@ Colorado State 140

 

Air Force has the lowest current rating other then the obvious New Mexico and Colorado State.   The Falcons currently look like the Pokes best shot at an upset if they can't beat San Diego State this weekend.  The Wyoming defense will need to improve greatly against the run if want to stay close with San Diego State, Air Force or TCU.  

The Cowboys currently have the 101st ranked rush defense at 197.5 yards allowed.  Air Force has second best run game in the country and TCU is ranked 19th.  Meanwhile the Aztecs Ronnie Hillman is the nations leading rusher with 138.83 yards per game.  The defense certainly looked good against UNLV that is something that every team has done.  Hopefully the bye week and position changes make a difference the second half.