The Wyoming Cowboys play their final regular season home game against San Diego State this weekend. There is an outside chance with two wins that they would host the Aztecs again in the Mountain West title game but let’s not put the cart before the horse. That fact alone should get you to Laramie on Saturday afternoon for the 1:30 kick-off but here are three more good reasons.
The football program will say goodbye to 18 seniors who have been through some ups and downs. They started their football careers at Wyoming after being recruited by Dave Christensen who was fired in 2013. They could have left the program like many players did but they stuck through the transition to a more pro-style system on both sides of the ball and they are being rewarded with this 7-3 season so far. Players like Tanner Gentry, Chase Roullier, D.J May and Chase Appleby have helped change the culture of this program and they have earned your support on Saturday.
While not a senior, the game against the Aztecs could be the last time Wyoming fans see all time leading rusher Brian Hill play on Jonah Field. The junior running back from Illinois has put together two and a half extremely productive and injury free seasons thus far. He may decide to take his talents to the NFL next season by declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Getting to Laramie this Saturday is the only way you can guarantee yourself the chance to see a Cowboy great with your own eyes for perhaps one last time.
Meaningful Football In November
With the loss to UNLV, this game against SDSU is even more important than the game in October against Boise State. This means the Pokes are playing meaningful football in November for the first time since 2011 when they went 3-1 down the stretch in route to the New Mexico Bowl. The Cowboys need a big and enthusiastic crowd to provide that home field advantage and as we saw against Boise State that can make all the difference in the world.
The bottom line this football team has done enough this season to make you the fan and the state of Wyoming proud. Coach Bohl has the program headed back in the right direction and I hope the brown and gold community will come out and thank them for their efforts one last time in this 2016 college football season.