Coming off a sloppy loss to UNLV, Wyoming is going to have to step it up against a tough San Diego State team. At home. On Senior Night.
This week, I’m going to answer all of the questions you may or may not have about this week’s matchup from my non-existent mailbag. Make sense? No? We’re doing it anyway.
Is Donnel Pumphrey really that good?
Oh, you wanted more? Okay.
In case you live under a rock and have never heard of Pumphrey before, he’s currently leading the nation in rushing yards.
Also, he’s sitting fourth on the all-time career rushing list, right behind Tony Dorsett. He’ll probably finish this week at third and be within spitting distance of Ricky Williams.
Also also, he’s in the conversation for the Heisman. So yeah. He’s really that good.
What can Wyoming do to stop him?
I have no idea.
Wyoming just allowed 401 rushing yards to UNLV. Sure, a major reason why was tackling (or lack thereof), but last week’s showing doesn’t exactly instill confidence in me that they’ll be able to stop Pumphrey.
I think the best Wyoming can hope for is something similar to how they dealt with Jeremy McNichols: allow a ton of yardage and hope your offense can do the same.
Hey, man, can you say one nice thing about the Cowboys?
I was getting to that. Sheesh.
Focusing on the positives of last week, Josh Allen completed 14 passes for 334 yards. Yes, you read that right. 14 passes. 334 yards.
If we can get a showing even remotely close to that, we’re going to have ourselves one hell of a matchup.
So does Wyoming have a chance?
Yeah, they do. Probably the same chance they had against Boise State.
What are you looking forward to this week?
One thing that I think is overlooked is that this week is a matchup between Doak Walker semifinalists: the aforementioned Pumphrey and the man, the myth, the legend, Brian Hill.
If I had my way, this game would just be a rushing contest between those two. Whichever guy ends up with more yards wins the game.
Talk about Wyoming more.
You got it, chief.
Tanner Gentry is set to play in his last game in Laramie and you can bet your boots he’ll be looking to build off his monster 184 yard game last week.
This team has impressed the hell out of me this year. By no means is this a failed season if they lose this game. They’ll still get into a bowl game for the first time since 2011, and they’re guaranteed to have their best record since then.
As much as I hate to admit it, Aztecs by 10.
See you next week.