UW-Northern Colorado pregame notes

About an hour prior to kickoff here in Laramie and it is partly sunny/cloudy, temperatures in the mid to high 60s and everything is dry around here. Laramie didn’t get the rain like Cheyenne or parts of Colorado did the last few days.

There is chances of rain this afternoon, but the elements should not be a factor early on … if at all today.

Here are a couple of notes to watch for today’s game with Northern Colorado:

–Junior quarterback Brett Smith is one touchdown pass shy of tying Casey Bramlet (2000-03) for the most in school history at 56. Today’s game will be Smith’s 26th game. Smith also is 273 total yards shy of moving into third place on UW’s career offense list and 317 passing yards from moving into fourth place in career passing yards.

–Senior receiver Robert Herron enters the weekend ranked first in the Mountain West and 27th nationally with 107 receiving yards per game. His next touchdown reception will give him 13 in his career, and tie him for eighth in school history with Ryan McGuffey (2000-03).

–Although UW and Northern Colorado have not played since 1949, the Cowboys are 17-5-3 all-time against the Bears. That is the most wins over any other Big Sky Conference foe. All-time, UW is 50-13-3 against Big Sky Conference teams.

–Junior cornerback Blair Burns has six interceptions in his career. His next will tie him with 11 others for 10th in school history for a career.

–UW has forced two turnovers in each of its first two games, and also has not lost a fumble this season.

–UW has been called for 16 penalties in two games, compared to eight for UNC.

–UNC enters with a two-game road winning streak dating back to last season. This is its first road game of 2013.

–UW has 22 players on its roster from Colorado, and 11 UNC players have high school classmates on the Cowboys roster.

–Both teams have been good in the red zone in their first two games. UW has scored 7 of 8 times — and all seven scores have been touchdowns. UNC has scored in all eight of its chances with six touchdowns and two field goals.

–No new injury news for UW. Senior offensive guard Tyler Strong, sophomore buck Siaosi Hala’api’api and sophomore safety B.J. Hendrix are out today. Others who have been out for a while, and still out today, are junior defensive end Riley Lange, junior safety Jesse Sampson and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Awrabi.

No TV coverage for today’s game so join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s live chat from the game starting at 1:30 p.m. Links to the chat are on this blog and at wyosports.net.