FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL: Wyoming 37, Central Michigan 14 – postgame thoughts

Josh Allen returned — and later said goodbye — and the defense did what it has done best all season, and then some.

The end result was a convincing 37-14 Wyoming victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Friday in front of an announced crowd of 16,512 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Not sure if there were that many there, but the majority of the fans there were cheering for the Cowboys — and they had a lot to cheer about.

Here is part of the team celebration after the game — in the snow.

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2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: What’s your favorite style of potato?

We are one week away from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where Wyoming (7-5) takes on Central Michigan (8-4) at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

To have some fun, I asked several Wyoming players and a couple of staffers their favorite style of potato in honor of the name of this bowl game.

Senior fullback Drew Van Maanen: “Garlic mashed potatoes with a little pepper.”

Junior quarterback Josh Allen: “I am a big french fry guy, especially with a steak and put some A-1 sauce on the fires, It can’t be beat.”

UW Director of Player Personnel Justin Mesa: “When I was younger it was a big baked potato with about a pound of sour cream. Now, I’d go with sweet potato fries.”

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Wyoming football at San Jose State – pregame primer

Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you got your fill of food and family.

Wyoming wraps up its regular season Saturday at San Jose State at 3 p.m. MT. The game will be carried online on ESPN3.

Here is my No. 1 key for the Cowboys:

Nameless opponent: Wyoming will play another game — a bowl game — no matter the outcome of today’s contest. San Jose State has struggled mightily all season. This has all the makings of a letdown for the Cowboys, unless they come out and play well from the start. Nothing takes the air out of the sails of a struggling team than building an early lead and not letting up. The longer UW lets San Jose State think it can win this game, the more dangerous things get. The Cowboys need to ignore the record and numbers of their opponent and come out like this was a nameless opponent and execute well in all three phases.

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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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Oregon 49, Wyoming 13 – postgame thoughts

Well, that wasn’t pleasant.

Wyoming’s 49-13 loss to Oregon this past Saturday continued to show the Cowboys’ shortcomings — no running game, little to no pass protection, overall inconsistencies in the pass game and struggles on third down.

That’s just of the offense. The defense had few answers for Oregon’s speed and skill. But it also was on the field too much — 57 plays in the first half and 95 for the game. You can go back to the offensive struggles for that, and also the fact Oregon was pretty good. The Ducks cracked into the AP top 25 this week at No. 24.

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

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Wyoming at Iowa pregame primer

Finally, a game to talk about.

Wyoming plays at Iowa at 10 a.m. MT Saturday in the season-opener for both squads. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

To follow with tradition, here is my No. 1 key for UW in the game:

Josh Allen

Balancing act: Despite the skills and abilities of junior quarterback Josh Allen, UW can’t be one-dimensional offensively. It has to run the ball, or at least run it well at critical times. That will be a tall task against a big and experienced Iowa front seven. Still, the Cowboys can’t make it easy for Iowa’s defense to come after Allen so some semblance of a running game is a must.

Agree, disagree?

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UW football fall camp – Practice No. 9

Wyoming practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning, and worked on some two-minute offense and the kicking game. The players worked out in “spiders,” which are smaller and lighter shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.

The construction progress continues for UW’s $44 High Altitude Performance Center, which is still set to open next summer. Here’s a picture of that from Wednesday’s practice:

Wyoming’s High Altitude Performance Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

Here are some highlights of some drill work during practice:

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UW football fall camp – Day 5

Friday marked the first day the Cowboys practiced in full pads. They worked out for about 2 1/2 hours at the north 40 practice fields.

Fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl said the defense won the overall practice, and that there would be a reward: “They get ice cream bars tonight, including the coaches. I decided I’m a defensive coach today.”

Bohl also said junior quarterback Josh Allen threw threw the ball well Friday.

Here is some footage of some drill work early in practice:

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How I voted in the preseason All-MW football team

The annual Mountain West “Media Summit” kicked off Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Simply put, it’s MW football media days. The league just gave it a fancy new name.

The preseason All-MW team and predicted order of finish was announced Tuesday morning. Both were voted by selected media, including myself.

Here’s how the voting turned out:

2017 Preseason All-MW Football Team

Offense

QB: Josh Allen**, jr., Wyoming

WR: Michael Gallup*, sr., Colorado State; Devonte Boyd, sr., UNLV

RB: Rashaad Penny, sr., San Diego State*; Tyrone Owens, jr., New Mexico

OL: Jake Bennett**, sr., Colorado State; Austin Corbett**, sr., Nevada, Dejon Allen**, sr., Hawaii, Aaron Jenkins, jr., New Mexico; Mason Hampton, sr., Boise State.

TE: David Wells**, sr., San Diego State

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What to interpret from UW’s post-spring depth chart

Wyoming football released its post-spring depth chart earlier this week. For a look at it, click the link below:

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To me there were not a lot of big surprised, but a couple of small ones.

Milo Hall

At running back, I was both a little surprised and happy to see sophomore Milo Hall as the starter — not that I have anything against the other two guys: junior Nico Evans and redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet. But based on what the coaches said throughout spring, all three backs will play this season and the competition will continue into fall camp. That’s not saying Hall’s No. 1 spot is a fluke. But as I’ve written before, I think this will be a running back by committee type year for UW, and the guy who is playing the best will get the majority of the carries.

It’s the same deal at tight end. Juniors Josh Harshman of Casper or Austin Fort of Gillette — according to the depth chart — would start if there was a game played right now. Junior Tyree Mayfield is third. UW played three tight ends last season, even though senior Jacob Hollister was by far the go-to guy in the pass game. Harshman, Fort and Mayfield all will play, and likely will play a lot this season. Although, I will say it’s nice to see two Wyoming kids doing well at that position.

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