The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams battle at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins on Thursday night. This is another Mountain West showdown tonight. The MAC got the spotlight on Wednesday night, and now it’s the Mountain West’s turn in primetime. You have to figure with not many sports on at the moment that these games are getting fairly decent ratings.
Maybe less so on Thursday night with the NFL. The election certainly stole things from the MAC last night, though. The Mountain West will have to take a backseat to the NFL and election on Thursday night. No offense to Wyoming and Colorado State, but people are going to opt for the NFL and election news.
Having said that, I’m going to have a play in the Wyoming and Colorado State game. I will have multiple TVs set-up so I don’t miss anything elsewhere. Wyoming is the alma mater of Josh Allen. That’s what they’re best known for. It’s crazy to think that none of the bigger conferences wanted Allen, but he landed with Wyoming and it got him to the top-10 of the draft.
Don’t expect Wyoming to churn out any future NFL quarterbacks again any time soon. They are coming off a 31-7 win over Hawaii at home last week. It was an impressive effort, though the cold weather really helped Wyoming. Hawaii didn’t want to be there after winning the previous week. In their other game, I like what I saw from Wyoming in a 37-34 loss in overtime against a decent Nevada team.
Wyoming didn’t win, but it was a competent effort versus the Wolf Pack. Allowing Carson Strong to go for 420 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air was their undoing. In any case, Strong is going to be doing that to a lot of defenses in the Mountain West this year. Wyoming will get a much easier assignment on defense tonight.
Colorado State has some work to do offensively. It might take a couple of years before Steve Addazio gets the personnel on the field that he wants. The Rams are 1-0 on the season with a 38-17 loss versus Fresno State. Head below for our free Wyoming vs. Colorado State pick for November 5, 2020.
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I didn’t like what I saw from the Wyoming defense in their first game. Carson Strong touched them up for 420 yards and 4 touchdowns. That was enough to grant Nevada a 37-34 win in overtime. If they were to slow down Strong even remotely, the Cowboys likely win that game. Strong is the best quarterback in the conference, though, so responding the way they did against Hawaii was nice to see.
The Rainbow Warriors were held to just 110 yards through the air and 123 yards rushing. They also forced Chevan Cordeiro into an interception. Hawaii didn’t want to be there, sure, but give credit to the Wyoming defense for showing up how they did. I think that game was a closer representation of their defense than the 37-34 outing against Nevada. All Wyoming needed was for Xazavian Valladay to go wild on the ground with 163 yards rushing and 5.1 yards per carry for 2 touchdowns.
Quarterback Levi Williams was not required to do much, as he threw for 112 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The offense is centered around Valladay, so expect the Cowboys to continue to keep the ball on the ground. They like to play the ball possession game and play strong defense to win games. It sounds similar to what Addazio liked to do at Boston College. A big, strong runner was the focal point of his schemes at Boston College. That’s what he wants to emulate at Colorado State.
The Rams didn’t look good offensively, as they split time between Patrick O’Brien and Todd Centeio under center. Neither got the job done, with the starter, Centeio, passing for 141 yards with no touchdowns, and backup O’Brien passing for 82 yards and a touchdown. So, O’Brien was able to provide a bit of a spark, but the game was already out of hand and he wasn’t competing against an attacking defense. Expect both teams to use the ground a lot on offense tonight. The clock should be ticking plenty to keep this game UNDER the total.