Two high powered offenses face t offhis weekend and one team will suffer their first loss of the year. Wyoming makes it's longest road trip of the year by traveling five states and two time zones east to Bowling Green, OH. Interesting enough is that Boise State is playing in Toledo on Friday night which is just a few miles away. Wonder if any staff will go to the game on Friday night to scout the Broncos in person.
The last time these two teams met it wasn't a pretty game for the Cowboys as they lost 45-16 in Laramie. While it didn't produce a great time for Poke fans it did produce an amusing play where BGSU QB Tyler Sheehan spit out his mouth guard and then watched it fall instead of the ball which was hiked just afterwards. Despite that stellar play by Sheehan the Falcons still held on.
Besides the game the big story for Bowling Green here will be the return of former coach Gregg Brandon who is now the offensive coordinator for Wyoming. There a handful of players that are left from the six year tenure of Brandon. It will interesting to see what kind of reception he gets at the stadium. He left after some down seasons but earlier led the team to some great years earlier in the decade.
These teams are fairly similar with their background: young players stepping up and lots of points being scored. Bowling Green has a stronger air attack with Matt Schilz while Wyoming goes with the three headed running monster attack of Alvester Alexander, Brandon Miller and Ghaali Muhammad. The Falcons are current 9.5 point favorites heading into the game.
For an in depth look at Bowling Green check out the Q&A that we did Matt Sussman of Hustle Belt earlier this week. Wyoming has had success on big road trips to the eastern part of the United States including wins over Toledo, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee and Ole Miss. The team practiced at 6a.m. on Thursday and Friday to get their bodies prepared for the early game time which is at 10a.m Mountain.
Here are a couple keys for Wyoming to win on Saturday:
- Strong secondary. The passing attack of Bowling Green is strong and features two big weapons in Eugene Coopper and Kamar Jordan. Tashaun Gipsonand the rest of the secondary will need another strong performance to keep the Falcons off the board. If Schilz has trouble completing his passes it make the Falcons much easier to manage.
- Limit turnovers. Any free footballs can be costly because Bowling Green can hurt you very quickly. Brett Smith has done a great job of managing the offense and limiting his mistakes but he has three inteceptions in only two games. Two of those were deflected passes and weren't his fault but they still hurt. Receviers and runners need to hold on to the ball and the offensive line needs to block well to give Smith time to find his target.
My Prediction: Old fashioned shoot out here.
Wyoming 42 Bowling Green 38