The Cowboys hit the road this week after being off last Saturday and will look to run their winning streak to 3 games when they take on the Utah State Aggies in Logan, UT.

The spread had the Cowboys as 3 point underdogs on the road when the email went out to the panel.

The Standings:

 

Straight UpAgainst the Spread

Robert Gagliardi

5-02-2

Brandon Foster

5-03-1
Brad Reed4-1

1-3

Chad Smith5-0

 

3-1

Connor Cunningham4-1

0-3

Wyoming Cowboys3-2

1-3

 

Robert Gagliardi, Wyosports.net

Coming out of the bye, which player or position group (not named Josh Allen) needs to step up their play the most?

I will go with two and they are the offensive line and running backs. Wyoming must consistently run the ball better moving forward. The issues through five games haven’t been on any one player or position group, but whether it is the blocking up front or the backs hitting and finding the holes better, all must improve so Wyoming isn’t so one-dimensional offensively.

Offensive Poke Pick: RB Trey Woods

This goes back to the first question, but if the true freshman is the main guy moving forward, he must play beyond his years. We’ve seen flashes, and any running back is as good as his offensive line. Woods doesn’t need to be the next Brian Hill, but he needs to be the best Trey Woods he can be.

Defensive Poke Pick: DT Youhanna Ghaifan

He’s been a disruptive force through five games. Whether he makes tackles or not, he must continue to get a good push up front to open things up for other defenders behind him. The defensive tackle spot is one of the most important areas in a 4-3, Tampa Two scheme like UW runs. Ghaifan must continue to play like his has through the first five games.

What does Wyoming need to do to win?

Be somewhat balanced and a lot more consistent on offense. Continue to be solid on defense, and winning the turnover battle, and be better in special teams than Utah State.

Game Prediction?

The Cowboys find a way to win a close one. Wyoming 27, Utah State 21

 

Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune

Coming out of the bye, which player or position group (not named Josh Allen) needs to step up their play the most?

The Offensive line. The group continues to shuffle this week, with Cummings starting at RT, and while the running backs obviously need to get more production still, the line isn’t entirely blameless. And giving Allen plenty of time is a great way to make him comfortable. He took too many hits in the first five games, even though he has been bailing on the pocket less than last year. 

Offensive Poke Pick: TE Austin Fort

Assuming he’s back, his size could be a big factor in the receiving game, even if he’s not at 100 percent. Wyoming can use all the big bodies in the receiving game it can get.

Defensive Poke Pick: DE Carl Granderson

Kevin Prosser gets back this week from a shoulder injury and even without him Garrett Crall has impressed. Wyoming’s defensive line has done well this year, and an offensive line that allowed seven sacks last week could be in for another rough game.

What does Wyoming need to do to win?

Wyoming needs to fare better in the time of possession battle. The Cowboys defense has been very solid overall (36th or better nationally in both scoring and total yardage), but getting off the field on third downs hasn’t been their forte (97th overall). And the offense needs to help itself out, too (98th in third down conversions, 103rd in time of possession). 

Game Prediction?

I think Wyoming’s defensive front will cause problems for the Aggies, and Wyoming’s offense will do just enough coming off the bye. Wyoming 20, Utah State 14

 

Brad Reed, Wyonation.com

Coming out of the bye, which player or position group (not named Josh Allen) needs to step up their play the most?

The rushing attack. It’s been nearly non-existent so far. Trey Woods lost his redshirt and was thrust into the starting role. Bohl and his staff hope that will jumpstart the rushing attack. So far it has proven effective, but not nearly effective enough to where we’d call it a success. Need to see more from that group if we’re going to be doing anything in the post-season.  

Offensive Poke Pick: RB Trey Woods

Utah State gives up on average 195 yards per game rushing, this looks like a good week for the Pokes to break out of their rushing slump and run that football.

Defensive Poke Pick: LB Logan Wilson

Wilson is leading the team in tackles, the Pokes will need him to keep being a disruptive force in the mid-field. Can I predict an interception here? If so, then I think he picks one off this week.

What does Wyoming need to do to win?

Get off to a hot start and take the Aggies out of it at their home stadium right away. The Cowboys should be able to run the ball on these guys, it’d be good to grind their defense down early and open up the scoring late. The Cowboys came out particularly slow against Texas State before the bye, then went off for 28 points in the second quarter. It’d be nice to see some points in the first quarter for a change.  

Game Prediction?

I think the Cowboys can win this one. Utah State looks improved over last year, but the Wyoming defense should be in a good position here to make some plays. Wyoming 38, Utah State 27

 

Chad Smith, Wyonation.com

Coming out of the bye, which player or position group (not named Josh Allen) needs to step up their play the most?

The wide receivers especially C.J. Johnson took a step forward against Texas State. With a big road game in Mountain West and Mountain Division play Johnson, Price, Conway and Okwoli and Cox need to step up and get open (and catch the darn ball) against the Aggies in Logan.   

Offensive Poke Pick: QB Josh Allen

Allen got a bit of his swagger back against Texas State (Old Spice anyone?) and I would look for him to keep improving with his new playmakers against the Aggies.

Defensive Poke Pick: DT Youhana Ghaifan

I would look for Ghaifan to anchor the Wyoming defense again against a pretty balanced Utah State offense. If he can be disruptive once again it will go a long ways in Wyoming earning a road victory.

What does Wyoming need to do to win?

Not to sound too obvious but score enough points. This Wyoming defense is good enough to keep the Pokes in most games. The question is can the Wyoming offense score enough points to put the Cowboys in a position to win. For this game, I would put that number in the mid-twenties.  

Game Prediction?
This will be a close game but Wyoming has played four straight at home and may not be able to handle things on the road without an established running game or a score from the defense/special teams. Wyoming 20, Utah State 24

 

Connor Cunningham, Wyonation.com

Coming out of the bye, which player or position group (not named Josh Allen) needs to step up their play the most?

In general, it needs to be the skill positions on offense. The receivers and running backs haven’t been good enough nor consistent enough when they are on the field and if that continues Wyoming is going to struggle to win Mountain West football game.

Offensive Poke Pick: QB Josh Allen

I think Allen has played better football in the last couple games and as long as he gets some help from his teammates, particularly the running game, he should be able to have a big game.

Defensive Poke Pick: Defensive Line

I think the defensive line has been the story of the season thus far and they will continue their strong play on Saturday. I would look for them to have consistent pressure and cause some turnovers.

What does Wyoming need to do to win?

They need to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Ryan Cummings coming back from injury is big, especially in the running game. If they can run the ball effectively the offense will look much better. On the other side of the ball, the defensive line needs to continue to do what they have been doing.

Game Prediction?

Craig Bohl is 2-2 after byes, but 2-0 in the last two years. I think the coaching staff will have a solid game plan put together and the players will look fresh and healthy. I like the Cowboys on the road this week. Wyoming 34, Utah State 24

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