Wyoming vs. Boise State football primer

Some pregame reading for Saturday’s Wyoming-Boise State game. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. MT at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

First, my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys. There are more, but this was what I choose as my top one:

Play keep away: Meaning Wyoming needs to win the time of possession game, and obviously, finish drives with points. Boise State has one of the most powerful offenses in the Mountain West, and the best way to slow them down is to keep it on the sideline.

Now for some other notes and quotes:

Jeremy McNichols

Jeremy McNichols

— Junior running back Brian Hill needs one rushing touchdown to tie for sixth place on UW’s career list, and two to tie for fourth. Hill currently has 24 rushing touchdowns. Hill, the reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, is second in the nation with 144.3 yards per game. Hill’s count part today, Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols, averages 130.7 yards per game. He has 16 touchdowns this season (12 rushing, four receiving), which is tied for the national lead with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. McNichols has 42 touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season, which is the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Wyoming vs. Air Force football primer

Some notes and quotes for Saturday’s homecoming game for Wyoming against the Air Force Academy. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports.

First, my No. 1 key for UW today:

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Making plays through the air: Wyoming wants and needs to run the football, and it will try. However, Air Force allows just 53 rushing yards per game. On paper, it looks like UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen is going to have to make some plays in the passing game. How much remains to be seen, but there will be times when Allen must do that. Allen needs to be sharp and efficient today.

— As far as homecoming games go, UW is 44-44-3 all-time. At War Memorial Stadium, the Cowboys are 39-25-2.

— One quick note from last week’s 38-17 win at Colorado State. As most of you know the Cowboys’ defense didn’t allow any points in the second half. They also gave up just 134 yards of total offense, including two rushing yards.

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Wyoming vs. UC Davis live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 45-22 victory over UC Davis on Saturday in from top 18,781 fans at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium

UW improved to 2-1 overall, and got a season-high 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns from junior running back Brian Hill. Sophomore quarterback Josh Allen was 11 of 15 for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Check back to wyosports.net and go to WyoSports’ UW sports blog at wyomingcowboysblog.com.

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My AP top 25 college football poll

I was asked to be a voter in The Associated Press College Football Poll this year, and I’ve done so many times in the past. I also voted in the Harris Poll, which was the human element in the old Bowl Championship Series format of figuring out a national champion.

Here is how I voted in this week’s poll, which wasn’t easy to come by based on a crazy and exciting opening weekend.

My poll                                                   Real poll

1. Alabama                                            1. Alabama

2. Clemson                                            2. Clemson
3. Florida State                                      3. Florida State
4. Ohio State                                         4. Ohio State
5. Michigan                                           5. Michigan
6. Stanford                                            6. Houston
7. Houston                                           7. Stanford
8. Tennessee                                        8. Washington
9. Michigan State                                  9. Georgia
10. TCU                                              10. Wisconsin

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Cowboys begin preparations for Cornhuskers

Labor Day was no holiday for Wyoming football and the people who cover the team.

Coach Craig Bohl held his weekly news conference Monday afternoon, and the team began its preparations for its next game Saturday at Nebraska.

Here is the link to Bohl’s entire news conference.

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/facebook-live-craig-bohl-s-sept-news-conference/article_94c43ef2-7392-11e6-97cd-5b98c7d9d6f1.html

No significant changes to the Cowboys’ depth chart this week. Take a look for yourself.

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

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Wyoming vs. Northern Illinois State football primer

Some news, notes and quotes for Wyoming’s season-opening game Saturday night at home against Northern Illinois. Kick off is at 8:30 p.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key for the Cowboys:

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

A good start: Third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said earlier this week he wants his team to start strong and finish stronger throughout the season. The Cowboys must get off to a good start, which was a problem last season as they were outscored 125-28 in the first quarter. Finishing stronger won’t make a difference if UW finds itself in an early hole like it did most of the 2015.

Agree or disagree? For more keys and coverage of the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my first live chat on University of Wyoming sports of the fall season on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Some great conversation and questions on UW football and basketball, along with other topics in sports. I also will host a live chat for the UW-Northern Illinois football game Saturday. The chat will start at 8:15 p.m., and links will be at wyosports.net and this blog.

For more UW and prep sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Log on to wyosports.net, and also check back to this blog.

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UW fall camp – practice No. 23

Wyoming practiced for about two hours Friday morning in War Memorial Stadium, its final tune-up before camp ends Saturday with a scrimmage, which starts around 10:30 a.m. Just a reminder that the scrimmage is closed to the public and media so there will be no live updates.

Some of the early drill work Friday involved tackling. Not live tackling, but with tire-shaped figures.  Check some of that out here.

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UW fall camp – practice No. 20

Wyoming practiced once Wednesday for about 1 hour and 10 minutes in War Memorial Stadium. That was planned by coach Craig Bohl, who said the team would lift weights and do some mental work in the afternoon.

UW’s final two-a-day session of fall camp is Thursday. It’s pattern for this was to go with a lighter practice in the morning, and a heavier one in the afternoon. However, Bohl said he will flip-flop that Thursday since Wednesday was a lighter day on the field.

Here are some highlights from the early portions of Wednesday’s practice.

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My preseason AP top 25 college football poll

Once again I was asked to vote in this year AP top 25 college football poll, and once again I accepted. I can’t remember how many times I’ve done this, but it’s been a lot. When the BCS was in existence I was a voter in the Harris Poll — the human element to that formula.

Being gone last weekend I didn’t post this when the official AP preseason poll was released Sunday. But as the season goes on, I will release my poll as close as to the same time as the real one.

Below is how I voted along with the official poll. As always, you feed back is welcomed and encouraged.

My poll                                           Official poll

1. Alabama                                     1. Alabama

2. Clemson                                    2. Clemson
3. Ohio State                                 3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State                             4. Florida State
5. Michigan                                   5. LSU

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