Boise State 24, Wyoming 14 – postgame thoughts

Boise State’s Blue Turf has been a house of horrors for Wyoming, and Saturday night’s 24-14 loss added to those bad memories.

But this was a game the Cowboys had a chance to win, which makes the outcome sting even more.

Before I go on, here is fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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Wyoming at Boise State live chat replay

Here the replay from my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 24-14 loss at Boise State in front of 35,565 at Albertsons Stadium Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.

UW fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West. Boise State improved to 5-2, 3-0, and  outscored the Cowboys 21-7 in the second half.

With the late kickoff, all of the coverage from Saturday’s game will be online at wyosports.net.

Live Blog Wyoming at Boise State football live chat

Wyoming at Boise State pregame primer

Wyoming looks to snap a five-game losing streak at Boise State when it plays the Broncos at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. Don’t be surprised if the kickoff is closer to 8:30 p.m. The game is televised on ESPN2.

Both teams enter the game 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West.

As for my No. 1 key in the game for the Cowboys:

Alexander Mattison

Get defensive: Wyoming must continue to ride its defense, which is third among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in turnover margin at plus-11, and has forced a Mountain West-high 17 turnovers. At very least, the Cowboys must win the turnover battle and keep their offensive turnovers to a minimum. UW also must do a good job of stopping the run. A big reason for Boise State’s improved play is the running game with sophomore running back Alexander Mattison. If he gets going, Boise State’s offense becomes more balanced and a lot harder to stop.

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MW football power rankings – Week 8

Here are my weekly Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

  1. Boise State 4-2 overall, 2-0 MW): Moves to the top this week after its 31-14 dismantling of previously undefeated and No 19 San Diego State on the road. The Broncos dominated from start to finish, and if they play like that the rest of the season they will be tough to beat.

2. Colorado State (5-2, 3-0): The Rams stay at No. 2 this week due in large part to Boise State’s dominating effort. But Colorado State had its hands full with one-win Nevada at home. It won, but that effort wasn’t enough to move it up to the No. 1 spot. On a short week, the Rams must go to New Mexico on Friday.

3. San Diego State (6-1, 2-1): The Aztecs’ hopes for a big-time bowl — and the MW’s hope for a big-time pay day — went up in smoke at home against Boise State. San Diego State is still very good, but Boise State exposed some weaknesses, such as offensive line play. The Aztecs still control their own destiny to win the West Division, and first place will be on the line Saturday night at home against the biggest surprise team in the conference.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Oct. 19.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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Cowboys get little respect in preseason from MW media

The Mountain West held its annual Men’s Basketball Media Summit Wednesday, which is a fancy term for media day, here in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel.

Aside from the odd name, the oddest thing to me was the predicted order of finish for Wyoming. Selected media members picked UW seventh in the 11-team league. I voted in this, and had UW 4th.

Nine returning lettermen, most of which played big roles in the Cowboys’ 23-win season and CBI championship didn’t get a lot of respect from others who cover the conference.

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Wyoming 28, Utah State 23 – postgame thoughts

I know I’ve mentioned at other times this season how I was impressed with Wyoming’s toughness as a team. To me, that epitomized the Cowboys’ 28-23 win at Utah State.

UW was on the road at a place where it had lost three straight by an average of 32.5 points. It trailed for most of the game. The offense was spotty, once again. The defense was good, yet gassed for being on the field a lot.

But in the end, it found a way to win a road game. If UW wants to achieve its goals for this season, this was a game it had to win.

Here’s fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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Wyoming at Utah State football – pregame primer

It is back to football for Wyoming as it plays at Utah State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah. Here is my top key to the game for the Cowboys:

Follow your rival: Wyoming’s biggest rival, Colorado State, provided the perfect plan on how to defeat Utah State in its 27-14 victory in Logan last Saturday. The Rams jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead, and didn’t allow the Aggies to get anything going offensively until it was too late. If UW can get off to a similar start, and ride that momentum throughout the game, there’s a good chance it comes away with the victory.

Agree or disagree?

Saturday’s game will be carried online on Facebook Live — like the Sept. 30 home game against Texas State. Here is the direct link to watch it:

https://www.facebook.com/StadiumCollegeFootball/videos/1935926140063335/

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MW football power rankings

Since the start of the college football season, I’ve been doing weekly Mountain West football power rankings. These run every Saturday in our four-page wrap previewing UW football games in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Since we are at the midway point of the season for UW, I will run these power rankings here for those of you who don’t take either newspaper.

Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions each week. Here we go:

1. No. 19 San Diego State 6-0 overall, 2-0 MW): A workman-like 41-10 win at UNLV last week. The Aztecs haven’t been sharp from start to finish the last few games, but continue to get the job done. A home game tonight with Boise State should be a big test. For the Aztecs to keep climbing in the national rankings, it needs to be more consistent from start to finish. However, they remain a solid No. 1 in these rankings.

2. Colorado State (4-2, 2-0): The Rams are closing the gap a little with San Diego State, and were impressive in a 27-14 road win at Utah State last week where they jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead. As of now, Colorado State is by far the best team in the Mountain Division. It plays its first home game since Sept. 9 today against Nevada.

3. Boise State (3-2, 1-0): Brigham Young (1-5) is bad, but for the Broncos to go to Provo and win 24-7 last week was formidable. More importantly, Boise State may have found its running game which will make it more dangerous moving forward. We will see just how good the Broncos are when they play at San Diego State tonight.

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