When: Saturday, November 24th @  12:30 PM MST

Where: Albuquerque, NM– Dreamstyle Stadium

TV: ATT Sportsnet

Radio: Cowboy Sports Network

Spread: Wyoming -7.5

 

The Standings:

 

Straight Up

Against the Spread

Robert Gagliardi

9-25-5

Brandon Foster/Davis Potter

10-15-5

Brad Reed

10-1

8-2

Chad Smith10-1

5-5

Connor Cunningham10-1

3-7

Wyoming Cowboys5-6

5-4

 

 

Robert Gagliardi, Wyosports.net

Thoughts on last weeks game against Air Force?

A gutsy come-from-behind victory after Wyoming lost its starting quarterback and running back on the first series of the game, and the defense not being able to stop Air Force for three-and-a-half quarters. Some are saying this was one of the biggest come backs in school history. There have been bigger in terms of deficits, but this will be one of the more memorable ones.

Last week’s MVP: QB Tyler Vander Waal

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal comes in after losing his starting job a few weeks ago and plays his best game with two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns. He converted some key third and fourth downs. A lot of guys came up with clutch efforts in the win, but no one more than Vander Waal.

Poke Pick: Wyoming Defense

Wyoming’s defense needs to take some chances and make some adjustments to get some key stops. If those risks don’t work, it might be a different conversation.

Wyoming Wins if…

Plays its game with ball control and a good mix of throwing it. The defense can’t allow big plays and also not let New Mexico hang around. The Lobos have lost six straight, but are capable of doing good things. The longer they are in the game, the more dangerous they are.

One Bold Prediction and Game Prediction:

Wyoming scores a defensive touchdown and does enough offensively to win a close one … Wyoming 27 New Mexico 21

Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune

Thoughts on last weeks game against Air Force?

Can’t remember the last time I covered a game where momentum swung that quickly. Wyoming did virtually nothing without its starting quarterback and starting running back while Air Force gashed the Cowboys’ defense for three and a half quarters. Then Tyler Vander Waal led three scoring drives in 8 minutes, 38 seconds, and the defense held Air Force to 13 yards on its last three possessions. Some things you just can’t explain, and that comeback is one of them.

Last week’s MVP: QB Tyler Vander Waal

Tyler Vander Waal. Not taking a snap in nearly a month and facing a 13-point deficit with half a quarter to go in the snow? Apparently that’s no problem for Vander Waal, who ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown and threw the go-ahead score as part of a career-high 225 yards passing. It was a feel-good moment for a guy that’s taken his share of criticism this season.

Poke Pick: TE Tyree Mayfield

Tyree Mayfield. With Nico Evans doubtful at best, I’m going with Mayfield, who’s quietly had his best season in a Wyoming uniform. He leads all of Wyoming’s tight ends in catches and had a pair of long gainers a week ago to set up touchdowns. He’s emerged as a safety valve for the quarterbacks, and I think that will continue Saturday.

Wyoming Wins if…

the Cowboys can protect Vander Waal and win the turnover margin. The way Wyoming used Sean Chambers’ running ability masked the issues Wyoming had protecting Vander Waal the first half of the season. He’s been sacked 21 times. The Cowboys are going to have to establish some sort of passing game, especially if Evans isn’t able to go, and I think they can if Vander Waal has time to throw. And with the Cowboys’ margin for error being so small, protecting the ball is always a must.

One Bold Prediction and Game Prediction:

With Nico Evans set to get very few snaps if any, I’ll say Vander Waal has another career day (or something close to it). With backup running back Jevon Bigelow also banged up, Vander Waal and his receivers will have to make some plays in the passing game, and who better to do it against than the Mountain West’s worst pass defense? It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing game, but I think Wyoming becomes bowl eligible. Wyoming 23, New Mexico 14

 

Brad Reed, Wyonation.com

Thoughts on last weeks game against Air Force?

The Cowboys showed a lot of resilience last week by coming back and beating Air Force after being down 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys could have easily folded when Sean Chambers and Nico Evans went out, instead it was next man up and kept after a win. The Cowboys’ season would have ended last weekend had the team folded. Instead they’ll keep fighting for a spot in the FBS post season. Good win, good momentum headed into the season finale. 

Last week’s MVP: QB Tyler Vander Waal

Solid game from a quarterback who didn’t give up on the season. He could have easily been resentful from being benched earlier in the season, instead he kept his head in the playbook, as well as the game, and led the Cowboys to a win.

Poke Pick: Xazavian Valladay
Nico Evans is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against New Mexico, and unknown of Jevan Bigelow will be ready to go. I’ll go with the guy who put the exclamation point on the Cowboy win over Air Force. Keeping drives alive will be important. 

Wyoming Wins if…

Wyoming wins if Tyler Vander Waal has a game like he did last weekend. He needs to be able to keep the ball moving through the air and not be the cause of turnovers. The Cowboy defense seems to be up to the task if shutting opponents down lately, now it’s on the offense to keep them off the field and score enough points. The Cowboys are by no means an offensive juggernaut this season, but they need to be good enough to beat New Mexico. 

One Bold Prediction and Game Prediction:

Bold prediction this week is that Wyoming will throw for 300 yards. New Mexico gives up about 275 yards per game passing, seems like a good opportunity for Vander Waal to sling that football. Wyoming 32 New Mexico 17

 

Chad Smith, Wyonation.com

Thoughts on last weeks game against Air Force?

An instant Wyoming classic. In the first quarter everything went wrong and in the fourth quarter, everything went right. Comeback wins in the snow don’t happen every day against an Air Force team Wyoming had no answer for in the run game most of the game. The players and coaches deserve full credit for pulling this game out of the fire (or should I say snow?) 

Last week’s MVP: QB Tyler Vander Waal

The defense stepped up when they had to late in the game but Tyler Wander Waal has to be the MVP coming in for the injured Sean Chambers and passing for 2 TDS and doing his best Chambers impression with 2 more TDs with his feet. 

Poke Pick: S Andrew Wingard

Wyoming’s spirit animal Andrew Wingard will have a day in his last regular season game as a Poke.

Wyoming Wins if…

They can run the ball. New Mexico has the 9th ranked rush defense and the bottom three schools Wyoming has already played put up 157, 291 and 424 yards against those defenses. Nico Evans and Jevon Bigelow may or may night play so Poke fans should keep their eyes on the injury report. 

One Bold Prediction and Game Prediction:

This is a tough game to pick because we don’t know if the Tyler Wander Waal we saw last week is the Tyler Wander Waal we will see in Albuquerque. I will take a leap on the wild side though and say TVW will have a game with similar production 220 passing yards with 2 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. Pokes get bowl eligible and sit and wait to see if there is a spot. Wyoming 27 New Mexico 19

 

Connor Cunningham, Wyonation.com

Thoughts on last weeks game against Air Force?

I thought it was exciting, obviously. One hell of a comeback by the Cowboys. Bowl hopes are still alive with one to go.

Last week’s MVP: QB Tyler Vander Waal

Who else could it be? The Mountain West player of the week stepped up when he was most needed and made huge plays in the 4th quarter.

Poke Pick: QB Tyler Vander Waal

With Nico Evans listed as questionable and no Sean Chambers, TVW needs to make some big time plays once again.

Wyoming Wins if…

They win the turnover battle and don’t get down early. The key to success will be getting up early and controlling the clock.

One Bold Prediction and Game Prediction:

Wyoming will have someone run for 100+ yards and there is going to be a defensive score. Wyoming 27, New Mexico 17

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