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Wyoming/Boise State Preview

Cowboys at Broncos

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Boise State
The Cowboys travel to Boise this weekend.
Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Game Time:

Saturday, November 9th at 8:15 PM (Mountain) on ESPN

The History:

The Broncos have dominated prior matchups. Having met 13 times, Wyoming is 1-12 against Boise State. The teams last met last year in Laramie. The Broncos won that game, 34 to 14.

The Matchup:

Boise State has a good run defense, ranking 23rd in the country. Wyoming ranks 14th in the country in rushing offense. Wyoming ranks 125th in passing offense. Boise State ranks 79th in passing defense. With Tyler Vander Waal now starting at QB, the running game will probably take a step back from Chambers. The passing game might be slightly better, but probably not significantly so. Wyoming will try to run the ball, but the Broncos match up pretty well against the Cowboys offense.

Wyoming ranks 14th in the country in rushing defense. Boise State ranks 54th in the country in rushing offense. Boise State ranks 24th in passing offense. Wyoming ranks 121st in passing defense. The Broncos should find success through the air against Wyoming. The Cowboys should be able to handle the Broncos running game early. But if the Broncos start throwing the ball at will, the running game might open up later in the game for Boise State.

Turnover margin can often play a big part in deciding the outcome of a game. Wyoming ranks 8th in the country at +8 on the season while Boise State ranks 64th in the country as they are even on the season.

The Outcome:

The spread has the Broncos by 14. That sounds about right. Boise State seems to matchup favorably with Wyoming. The Broncos have a passing offense that should be able to expose a struggling Wyoming secondary. Additionally, the Boise State defense should be able to contain the Wyoming offense. Outside of the Cowboys winning the turnover battle by a significant margin and getting some easy scores, I’ve got to go with Boise State to win at home.

Wyoming 13, Boise State 27