clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cowboys take on Hawkeyes in season opener

New, 3 comments

Wyoming looks to beat Iowa for the first time ever in their third matchup since 1953

NCAA Football: Poinsettia Bowl-Brigham Young vs Wyoming Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been 253 days since Wyoming last played a football game. 253 days since the heartbreaker in San Diego. With the 2017 season ready to start, the Cowboys look to start the season off with a win.

[assistant whispers in ear]

They’re playing who?

[assistant whispers again]

A what percent chance to win?!

Oh.

Well, that’s okay! There’s still a chance.

Anyway, let’s talk about this week’s matchup.

The Cowboys will be traveling to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. I honestly think it’s going to be a good game. Unless it isn’t!

Kirk Ferentz named a starting quarterback earlier in the week, sophomore Nathan Stanley. He’s only attempted nine passes in his career, so his performance is going to be a big question mark.

The Hawkeyes’ star defensive back Manny Rugamba is also suspended for the game. Rugamba played in 12 games last year, recording 13 solo tackles and six assists, along with two interceptions, and one caused and one recovered fumble. Michael Ojemudia will try to stop Josh Allen.

Speaking of the Wyoming offense, this will be the first game in the post-Brian Hill era. The offense will have a few question marks.

James Price, who rose through the ranks in practice, will be out for the next 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone. Sophomore John Okwoli will step in, and Avante’ Cox and Jared Scott will have increased roles due to the injury.

The Cowboys will also be deploying true freshman Logan Harris at center. Harris has impressed coaches during practice and put on 33 pounds, if the difference between his roster page and the depth chart is to be believed. At any rate, true freshmen at any position are a gamble, especially on the line.

The defensive line boasts a lot of experience and talent, especially with the return of Carl Granderson. Linebackers Andrew Wingard and Logan Wilson will definitely be improved, which should be a scary thought.

All things considered, this should be a good game. Maybe not the most exciting one so far, but closer than most people expect it to be.

28-24 Iowa.

See you next time.

Go Pokes.