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Wyoming football: A look at the Cowboys non-conference game against Eastern Michigan

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Head Coach Craig Bohl is back for his 2nd year as the head coach for the Cowboys and is looking to improve on a 4-8 overall record. Bohl came to Wyoming after winning 3 consecutive FCS Championships and is looking to instill toughness and pride into a long beleaguered program.

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There are many in the state of Wyoming who see good things in the future for Wyoming Cowboys football. Success is often experienced by teams that win the games that they are supposed to win. As we look ahead to this coming season's Cowboys schedule, Eastern Michigan University can certainly be counted in the category of underdog when they visit War Memorial Stadium.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Head Coach: Chris Creighton, 2-10 (1 year)

Offensive coordinator: Kalen DeBoer

Defensive coordinator: Brad McCaslin

Conference: MAC

Game day: September 9, 2015

Pre-Season All MAC team members:

LB Great Ibe
LB Anthony Zappone
DL Pat O'Connor
PK Dylan Mulder

Players to watch:

QB Reginald Bell
LB Anthony Zappone

Like Bohl, Eagles head coach Chris Creighton is entering his second year at his respective program. Unlike Bohl, however, there has not been a noticeable up tick in recruiting at one of FBS' more challenging situations.

Ranked 127 in Athlon's national per-season rankings and 122 in the S.I. poll, these particular Michiganders have alot of work to do. EMU's defense will be led by defensive captain Pat O'Connor(DL), and by linebackers Great Ibe
(133 tackles) and play maker Anthony Zappone (90 tackles). All are hard nosed, are  potential All-MAC performers and willing to work to improve, but what does improvement on a defense that gave up almost 40 points a game and that ranked in the bottom 10 of 2 other defensive categories look like?

Offensively, Reginald Bell was a bright spot in a grim 2014. As a true freshman, Bell put up some nice numbers against MAC opponents and recruiting HAS paid dividends in the form of a nice looking young stable of WR recruits.

Senior WR Dustin Creel has experience and looks to rebound from an injury filled 2014. As bright as the future may appear at the skills positions, it may be equally, albeit as grim an outlook on the offensive line, where EMU has
lost three starters to graduation.