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Panel Of Pokes: California Dreamin'

ONTARIO, CA - MAY 19:  The peloton passes a line of palm trees during stage seven in the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario to Mt. Baldy on May 19, 2012 in Ontario, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CA - MAY 19: The peloton passes a line of palm trees during stage seven in the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario to Mt. Baldy on May 19, 2012 in Ontario, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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This week the Cowboys host the Cal Poly Mustangs. Our Panel of Pokes crew have their predictions for the game. Before that we'll take a look at he results of the Pick Em group.

Last week there were eight Mountain West games. No one had a perfect score as there a couple of unexpected upsets. Only one person predicted the Toledo victory, that is expected since we have so many Wyoming fans. Congrats to PokePick who was only person to pick NAU beating UNLV. That extra point gave them highest score for week with 6. There was big slew of people finishing with five points.

After two weeks SoDak Poke and Beachpoke are tops with 13 points, There are 11 others that are tied for second with 12 points.

Rank Pick Set Name Total Pts W-L
1 SoDak Poke 13 13-4
2 Beachpoke 13 13-4
3 PokesPick 12 12-5
4 Rowdie Road 12 12-5
5 cowboydeacon 12 12-5

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Now we'll get some predictions on the game this weekend from the panel. Feel free to post your Poke Pick and score prediction in the comments.

Ian McMackin - GoWyoGo

Poke Pick: RB Shaun Wick - I think the Cowboys want to run at Cal Poly. One of the running backs will need to pickup slack. I'll pick Wick

Score Prediction for the Cal Poly game: Wyoming 45 Cal Poly 21

45 points might be high if Smith doesn't play. the Cowboys' mentality going into the game should be a sense of urgency and this should keep them from having another Weber State/Southern Utah type performance from the last two seasons.



Poke Pick: Shaun Wick. Wick has to step up this week. Brett Smith is doubtful this weekend and the Pokes are likely going to be relying on a backup, and unproven, quarterback to lead the offense. This is the week a running back HAS to step up for the Cowboys if they're going to win this football game. This looks like a great time for the true freshman to introduce himself to Poke Nation. If the Cowboys are going to keep the ball moving down the field they have to rely on the rushing attack as Kirkegaard is an unproven commodity in the Cowboy offense.

Score Prediction: 31-20 Cowboys. Cal Poly is a pretty tough FCS team from the Big Sky Conference, a conference who is riding pretty high right now after having two teams score FBS wins last weekend and another near upset between Eastern Washington and Washington State.

The game this week is going to be a real test of the meddle of the Cowboys.. they have to bounce back from a little bit adversity from last week. The heartbeat of the offense is doubtful for this week.. this would be a great week for some seniors to step up and lead this team and a thorough crushing of an FCS opponent. The defense has to figure out a way to stop the triple option rushing attack of Cal Poly or it's going to be a long day for the Cowboy football team. This won't be the first time the Pokes have to face a triple option attack so this would be a good time to brush up on stopping it. The Cowboy defense has been a sieve of giving up yards so far this season, and not so good against the rush. This could very easily become a trap game. With injuries to the defensive line it appears that true freshman Uso Olive will be making his Cowboy debut this week.. I hope he can step up and help close the holes in the middle of the defensive line. On offense the Pokes have to get some production out of the rushing attack.. outside of Brett Smith the rushing attack has not made an appearance this season. With Smith likely out someone has to step up and rush the football for some respectable yardage. The Cowboy offense should get Robert Herron back this week which will be a nice boost to the receiving corps and will give Colby Kirkegaard another target to throw out at a desperately needed time. This should be a Cowboy victory, and we could really use one of those right now. It happens this week. Go Pokes!


Matt Blaylock -POKE PRIDE

Poke Pick: Robert Herron

With Herron being back it will make it easier on the whoever is QB. Herron has the speed to open space between DB and a QB should be able to hit an open receiver. Herron had a career day against Texas to start the season when this game is over he could have had a second career day. It also helps that since 2000 Wyoming is 9-0 against teams after this game and the help of Herron that 9 should be a 10.

Pokes 47 Mustangs 17

(Note: He picked Herron before it was announced he was doubtful for the game)

Matt Hargleroad - Cowboy Altitude

Poke Pick: D.J. May

Brett Smith hasn't been ruled out this weekend but I certainly don't expect him to play. I think this will be a good test for Wyoming and force some guys to step up on offense. Last week D.J. May led the team in rushing yards and provided an unexpected spark. He remains third on the depth chart but will still get plenty of carries. May is also going to have a chance to return kickoffs this weekend as well. The Pokes have struggled on kick returns and this could be an opportunity to make a big impact. The passing game has yet to show any life with out Smith under center. I think this will be a lower scoring game and closer then we'd like. Still the Pokes end up with a W.

Score: Wyoming 28 Cal Poly 21