After finishing the regular season with a whimper, the Cowboys look to snap their losing streak and win their first bowl game since 2009. They have Josh Allen back under center after deploying Nick Smith for the last two weeks. And boy, were those a fun two weeks.
Smith competed fairly well against Fresno, but the stat sheet won’t show just how lifeless the Cowboys offense looked for the first 57 minutes of the game. The Smith-led Cowboys also laid down against previously winless San Jose State.
Brandon Foster wrote a really good article on the difference between the Josh Allen Cowboys and the Nick Smith Cowboys. I highly, highly recommend reading it; Brandon always writes good stuff.
Anyway, the regular season (for the most part) doesn’t really matter anymore. All that matters is how well these two teams play on the Smurf Turf.
Central Michigan, like Wyoming has had a very stingy defense. They have the most takeaways in the nation with 31. Wyoming is tied for second with 30. CMU is 23rd in the nation in passing yards per game compared to Wyoming’s fifth. CMU is also seventh in the nation in passing efficiency defense; Wyoming is 17th.
I could keep throwing stats at you, but I think I’ve made my point. This is looking like a defensive battle, at least on paper.
Central Michigan, unlike Wyoming, has a pretty good offense as well. They rank 54th in the nation in points per game (UW is 107th).
Quarterback Shane Morris has had a fantastic year in his first full-time season as a starter, throwing for 2908 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Morris also nearly had a 500 yard game against Kansas in Week 2.
Central Michigan also has a fairly middle-of-the-road rushing attack, averaging four yards per carry. The running game goes through Jonathan Ward, who leads the team with 988 yards.
If Wyoming can look a little more like they did against New Mexico rather than San Jose State, they should be fine.
Also we get to experience Spuddy Buddy. All hail Spuddy Buddy.