Media Monday: UW looks to send seniors out on winning note

The final news conference and interview session with players and assistant coaches had a definite theme at Wyoming Monday — beating UNLV and sending the eight seniors out on a winning note.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

“They’ve just been great friends and great leaders on this team,” said redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman about the other seven seniors. Coffman is in his second year at UW after transferring from Indiana in 2014. “I’m really proud of those guys. It’s easy to quit, easy to give in when you have a season like we are (1-10 overall, 1-6 Mountain West). But they continue to lead, work had and continue to be great role models for the young guys. That’s what I’m most proud of with those guys.”

UW defensive ends coach AJ Cooper has two of the Cowboys’ most well-known seniors in Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api. Both have played in more than 40 games in their careers, and both also are team captains.

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Mountain West football power rankings and picks – Week 2

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his weekly installment of his Mountain West football power rankings and picks for Week 2 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Colorado State (1-0, 0-0 MW): A big jump for the Rams, but they earned it as they had the most impressive win — not sure if it was good or bad — in the league last week with a 31-17 win over Colorado in Denver. We will see how good CSU  is when it plays at Boise State Saturday. This week: at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. MT Saturday, (ESPN2).The Rams will be good this season, but they are not good enough to win in Boise. Boise State 27, CSU 21.

2. San Diego State (1-0, 0-0): One of four teams to beat Big Sky teams last week. The Aztecs should contend for the West Division title, but they get a much bigger test this week. But for now, SDSU makes a significant move up. This week: at No. 21 North Carolina, 6 p.m, MT Saturday (ESPNews). The MW needs a win over a team from a Power 5 conference foe. The Aztecs have the best chance. It will be close, but they fall short. North Carolina 28, San Diego State 17.

3. Boise State (0-1, 0-0): Yes, the Broncos got soundly beat 35-13 against Ole Miss last week in Atlanta. But it was a one-point game early in the fourth quarter before the Broncos succumbed to Ole Miss’ size and athleticism. Quarterback Grant Hedrick can’t throw four interceptions like he did against Ole Miss. This week: vs. Colorado State, 8:15 p.m. MT Saturday (ESPN2). Boise State may not be a dominant team this season, but it is still good and will bounce back this week. Boise State 27, Colorado State 21.

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Mountain West football power rankings and picks – Week 1

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his first weekly installment of his Mountain West football power rankings and picks for the Week 1 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Utah State: The defending Mountain Division champs get senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton back from a knee injury, and it may be a stretch to put the Aggies this high not knowing how good Keeton will be. But there is a proven backup behind him and a lot of good players on defense. This week: at Tennessee, 5 p.m. MT, Sunday (SEC Network). Of all the MW teams playing big-time programs this week, Utah State may have the best chance to win. But I am still going with the Vols in a close one. Tennessee 27, Utah State 24.

2. Fresno State: Not only do the Bulldogs have to replace quarterback Derek Carr, but they also lost some really good receivers. Still, there are players in the pipeline that can fill the void. This team will still be good. This week: at USC 5:30 p.m. MT, Saturday (FOX). Even with Carr and Co., Fresno State was blown out by USC in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl. USC has a new coach and has a mess on its hands with the Josh Shaw saga, but it still has enough to win. USC 31, Fresno State 20.

3. Boise State: The Bryan Harsin era begins, and one has to wonder if the Broncos will remain among the MW’s powers. They will, thanks to Harsin’s new wrinkles and what was built by former coach Chris Petersen. There are too many good players on that roster not to. This week: vs. Ole Miss, 6 p.m. MT Thursday (ESPN). The Broncos will go to Atlanta and pick up the league’s best win over a nonconference foe. Boise State 30, Ole Miss 23.

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