Early UW-Texas Q&A

We’re three months away from Wyoming’s season-opener at Texas, but it’s never too early to talk college football.

Carter Strickland from ESPN asked me this week to answer five questions about Wyoming, so I asked him to answer five questions for me about Texas. So here it is. We start with my questions and his answers, followed by my answers to his questions. Be sure to follow Strickland on Twitter: @espnstrickland

Hope you enjoy it, and hope to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Texas returns one of the better defenses in the country. What are those strengths and are there some possible weaknesses Wyoming could exploit?Texas was the 11th in the country in overall defense last year and for a five-game stretch late in the season the only two defenses that were more productive were LSU and Alabama. The issue for Wyoming is that Texas is faster on defense this year and has much more depth across the line. The Longhorns added junior college transfer Brandon Moore as well as the top defensive tackle in the country Malcom Brown to the roster.  They will go 10-deep across the line with both defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, being for sure NFL players in 2013.
The spot where Wyoming might be able to exploit Texas is at linebacker. Texas has two first time starters in Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs. While both have very good upside, they are not used to all the schemes called by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. This could cause them to get out of their lanes every once in a while and if that happens, Wyoming needs to exploit it.
The secondary is very tough and returns three of four starters, including two corners, Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs, who are considered two of the best in the Big 12.

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UW-Temple postgame thoughts

Tough way to end a good season for Wyoming with a 37-15 loss to Temple Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Just wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys and the Owls were better in every area. Temple scored touchdowns on its first three drives. Just when UW looked to get some momentum with a touchdown late in the second quarter on a pass from Brett Smith to Josh Doctson, Temple answered with a 61-yard TD pass after cornerback Marqueston Huff slipped and fell on the play.

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UW-CSU postgame thoughts

A typical Wyoming football game: Flashes of great plays mixed in with some bad ones, but in the end UW makes enough plays to win.

That’s the topic of my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, but that about sums up Saturday’s 22-19 win over Colorado State Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

Was very impressed with the way sophomore Brandon Miller ran the ball. Maybe he should be back at running back. Had 36 yards on six carries, but most of those came on UW’s game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Liked the two deep throws true freshman quarterback Brett Smith threw to true freshman Josh Doctson for touchdowns. UW needs to have a deep threat, and Doctson seems to be that guy. UW needs a receiving threat, period, and hasn’t had one since junior Chris McNeill was lost for the season with an injury at Air Force.

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UW-TCU Media Monday

Superman, a ninja, a Dallas Cowboys football player and a football playing zombie.

Those were some of the favorite Halloween costumes some of the Wyoming football players told me they wore when they were kids.

But there was plenty of football talk during UW’s weekly interview session with players and coaches. Coach Dave Christensen said Saturday’s game with TCU is the biggest home game for the program since he’s been here. Bigger than Texas and Nebraska since Saturday’s game is a battle of undefeated teams Mountain West play.

Agree or disagree? See more in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang on this.

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UW Media Monday

Wyoming faces the nation’s leading rusher Saturday in San Diego State sophomore Ronnie Hillman, who averages 138.8 yards per game and has 10 rushing touchdowns.

Do you think he’s the best back UW has faced?

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