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Cowboys at Bobcats

NCAA Football: Texas State at Wyoming
Following the big win over Missouri, the Cowboys travel to Texas this Saturday to take on the Bobcats.
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Game Time:

Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 PM (Mountain) on ESPN+

The History:

Not much history. The teams have met three times, and Wyoming is 2-1 against Texas State. The teams last met in Laramie in 2017. That game ended 45-10, Wyoming.

The Matchup:

On offense, Wyoming will continue to run the ball. The Cowboys offense will be led by Sean Chambers at QB and Xazavian Valladay at running back. Week 1 saw both of those players go over 100 yards rushing against Missouri. Overall, the Cowboys rushed for 297 yards and 3 TDs against the Tigers. While Wyoming likely won’t throw the ball much, play-action opportunities could be available as the defense gears up to stop the running game. Chambers threw for only 92 yards against Missouri. Overall, Wyoming had 42 rushes versus just 16 pass attempts against Missouri. Obviously, Wyoming prefers to keep the ball on the ground.

On the other side, Texas State gave up 246 yards and 2 TDs rushing against Texas A&M in Week 1. Last season, Texas State had the 81st ranked rushing defense in the country. As such, it appears Wyoming should be able to move the ball against the Bobcats.

On defense, the Cowboys will be going up against a team that looks to be much less explosive than Missouri. Texas State finished with the 120th total offense in the county last year. Texas A&M held the Bobcats to just 219 total yards and 7 points in Week 1. Also, the Bobcats turned the ball over 4 times against A&M. The Cowboys won the turnover battle in beating Missouri last week. Hopefully, that will continue again with this game.

The Outcome:

The spread has Wyoming by 7. That seems a little light based on the matchup. However, Wyoming has not been a very good road team in recent years, so I can understand the odds-makers not wanting to get too carried away. The one time Wyoming lost to the Bobcats was back in 2013 in a game at Texas State. Still, Jake Spavital is just starting to rebuild Texas State this season, and Wyoming is in Year 6 under Bohl with a team that just took down Missouri. Wyoming beats the spread and wins by a couple scores.

Wyoming 27, Texas State 13