The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Wyoming Cowboys.
No. 75: Wyoming Cowboys
Spring Practice Starts: March 20
Spring Game: April 21
Wyoming Cowboys Spring Status
It might not have been the season everyone expected, and it certainly wasn’t the year hoped for out of QB Josh Allen, but Wyoming won eight games and a bowl. For a program that struggled for a while to come up with a winning season, matching the 2016 win total was excellent.
Allen’s gone, but there’s a whole lot to like from an offense that struggled too much. The Cowboys get back eight starters including four starters on the O line. They won without getting the attack going, and now, even without Allen, it should be a bit more productive.
The D was fantastic at taking the ball away, and while both starting corners are gone, eight starters return to a group that should be among the best in the Mountain West.
Wyoming Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Cornerback. Nick Smith has the inside track for the quarterback job, but Tyler Vander Waal is getting his shot. The more interesting fight is at corner, where Rico Gafford and Robert Priester were solid.
Braden Smith saw plenty of action as a freshman, and Tyler Hall made 30 tackles as a part of the rotation. However, Hall will likely end up working at safety, which means Antonio Hull – who was terrific in 2016 – has to be back and ready to go after suffering a leg injury.
Wyoming Biggest Issue
Moving the chains. Was Josh Allen really that bad, or was it because the line was just okay? It was a little go both for an offense that couldn’t convert on third downs, struggled to come up with first downs, and averaged just 286 yards overall. The O can’t be any worse – and it won’t be.
Wyoming Biggest Positive
Experienced defensive playmakers. Andrew Wingard is one of the nation’s best returning safeties, linebacker Logan Wilson is fantastic, and Carl Granderson is a disruptive defensive end. In all, the top five tacklers – and 11 of the top 15 – are back from the fantastic D that came up with 38 takeaways.
Really, Why Are The Wyoming Cowboys Ranked Here?
Can the offense really find something that consistently works? There wasn’t enough of a running game, the passing game was non-existent at times, and coming up with points was like pulling teeth. But the defense and special teams were outstanding.
Expect more of the same.
It’ll be a stingy team that does the little things right – but it has to score a lot more to win the Mountain West title.