I was looking through Wyoming’s football media guide recently and found an interesting pattern with coach Dave Christensen.
In his first two years as head coach of the Cowboys, Christensen is 10-15 overall and 5-11 in conference play. In Christensen’s first two years at Missouri as an assistant in 2001-02, the Tigers also were 5-11 in conference play and 9-16 overall.
In year three at Missouri the Tigers improved to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big XII, which was good for third place in the North Division. Missouri played in the Independence Bowl. The Tigers had a winning season in four of the next five seasons Christensen was there after that, including double-digit victories in 2007 and 2008.
Will there be a similar outcome in Christensen’s third year at UW, and even looking ahead? I think most fans would be elated with eight wins.
Another interesting tidbit? The Mountain West has a tie with the Independence Bowl this year. Could Christensen lead the Cowboys there, as he helped do with Missouri in this third year there back in 2003?
Something to think about.
Here is a link from Mountain West blogger Mick McGrane on fall camp news and notes from other conference schools. Mick used to cover San Diego State for the San Diego Union-Tribune and really knows his stuff. Plus, he’s is one of the best writers out there.
And, here is a good column from the Ogden Standard Examiner on Weber State football coach and former Utah coach Ron McBride. UW opens the season Sept. 3 with Weber State, which ironically, was the first game in Christensen’s UW debut in 2009. The Cowboys won that game 29-22.
Hope you check out the new poll question on the blog about UW’s newcomers. See my story on one of them, true freshman running back Kody Sutton, in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.
Also, I plan to have a live chat during UW’s second scrimmage of fall camp Friday morning. There is a link to it on the blog right now. But just in case, here it is http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2011/08/10/live-blog-cowboys-2nd-scrimmage-friday-august-12th-at-9am/
We will start around 9 a.m. I look forward to hearing from all of you again, so come ready with questions and comments.