Learn­ing from the Big Boys

(Matt Kimsey/LFP)

Wyoming Cow­boys 2–4 (0−2 MWC) come home to Laramie to face #11 Utah Utes 5–0 (2−0 MWC) in a dif­fi­cult Moun­tain West matchup. The Cow­boys will bat­tle anoth­er Top 25 team and should expect to be pushed around a bit.

This week­end the Cow­boys will face the fourth Top Tier oppo­nent of the 2010 sea­son. The Pokes have already played three Top 5 ranked teams. No oth­er team in the nation has faced that many high­ly ranked teams in 2010. The only team that has a remote­ly sim­i­lar look­ing sched­ule is that of the Ore­gon State Beavers who also played TCU (#6), Boise State (#3), and took on Ari­zona (#9).

Do not fear Cow­boys fans. The final half of the sea­son is the most impor­tant for the Pokes. Wyoming fin­ish­es with five Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence games, none of which are out of reach for the Pokes. Even if the Cow­boys only win four of their last five, they will fin­ish at 6–6 (4−4 MWC) and make them­selves bowl eli­gi­ble. I think that the Pokes could actu­al­ly win all five games and end up 7–5 (5−3 MWC). Some may scoff at the idea of Wyoming fin­ish­ing above .500 after the beat­ing they have received cour­tesy of the Top 25, but I think that the Pokes have the abil­i­ty to win those games.

Per­haps I am biased as a recent Uni­ver­si­ty of Wyoming grad­u­ate. Or per­haps because the Pokes are the only team that I root for out­side of the Boston Red Sox. Maybe it’s just wish­ful think­ing.

Head Coach Dave Chris­tensen has giv­en sopho­more quar­ter­back Austyn Car­ta-Samuels the nod for Saturday’s game. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the Pokes often rely, some­times too heav­i­ly, on the fast think­ing and the quick feet of Car­ta-Samuels. Most teams in D-1 ride the shoul­ders of their quar­ter­back. The Wyoming Cow­boys do it more than most.

I don’t see much upside for the Cow­boys oth­er than gain­ing expe­ri­ence against a seri­ous oppo­nent. This will be the last time Wyoming and #11 Utah will face each oth­er on the grid­iron as MWC foes. At the end of this year the Utes will leave the MWC for the Pac-10 and the MWC will wel­come the Boise State Bron­cos in their stead.

Pre­dic­tion: #11 Utah Utes 37 — Wyoming Cow­boys 13

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3 comments on “Learn­ing from the Big Boys
  1. Good read, and some very good points. The Pokes sit at a very expect­ed 2 & 4 with these teams left to play in con­sec­u­tive weeks:

    UTAH
    @ BYU
    SDSU
    @NM
    @UNLV
    CSU

    Did any­one real­ly think, at this point, we would be bet­ter than 3&3 at the very, very best (which by the way they were very close in achiev­ing)! I hope we are not as big of homers as they breed in Pro­vo! Did I men­tion I hate every­thing BYU?

    Can UW put togeth­er 4 wins out of those 6 games, to make it to being bowl eli­gi­bile? Yep, they can. Is that impor­tant? Absolute­ly. And not just about recruit­ing, but for the efforts they have all put in this sea­son. And most impor­tant­ly, for next year. What a bru­tal stretch of foot­ball for UW. Call me a homer…I say UW takes this one…27 — 23. And if not, it isn’t the end of the world, there are still 5 very winnable games left.

    Oh, and Jake. Boston? Please don’t tell me you are like every­one else pre-2004, that knew NOTHING about base­ball, and now all of a sud­den, is sport­ing thi­er new “B” hat? Like the rest of them, put away your Saints hat, too…you have one right?!

    • I think you are a bit of a homer for call­ing the ‘W’, but I’ll let you slide. Thanks for the com­ment. Screw your yanks & no, I don’t have a Saints hat — but I do have a killer Detroit Lions Wendling shirt!

      • Absolute­ly I am a homer. I will root for UW, always. Thick & Thin. Fritz Shurmer days, Al Kin­caid — Bill Lewis days, Vic Koen­ing days. I was there. And am still here.

        Call it Pride in where you live, and what you love. I wish more were like me…

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