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The Wyoming Cowboys And The Need For Three Years — Football Study Hall

With a semi-mentor in place as offensive coordinator, Christensen officially has one of the more interesting pairs of coordinators at the mid-major level. He's also got an excellent running back, strong defensive ends and decent receivers and linebackers. There are legitimate pieces coming together, but whether Wyoming is ready for a true step forward in 2011 depends on a reshuffled offensive line, a retooled secondary ... and, of course, and amazingly young quarterback. It feels like the Cowboys might still be a year away, especially with a schedule that includes home games versus Nebraska and TCU and trips to Air Force, Boise State and San Diego State. Hosting Weber State, Texas State, UNLV and New Mexico, Wyoming should easily get back to at least four or five wins, but a) they'll need seven to make a bowl (since they play two FCS teams) and b) they probably won't reach seven. Christensen is slowly and methodically building his program, not unlike what his mentor Gary Pinkel did at Missouri, and it could pay off as long as fans and administrators don't get impatient with a 5-7 season in 2011.

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