Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Wyoming Cowboys season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Wyoming Cowboys
– Team Overview
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Wyoming Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
What Craig Bohl has done is nothing short of amazing.
Not only did he win three straight national titles at North Dakota State, but in just two seasons, he took Wyoming from a 6-18 record with nothing fun happening, to two straight eight-win campaigns and two straight bowl appearances.
Best of all, over the last two seasons, he’s done it with two completely different styles.
The 2016 Cowboys were all offense and no defense. Josh Allen was strong, the O ripped up close to 6,100 yards, and the team got to the Mountain West championship and its first bowl game since 2011.
If you were to almost cut the offensive production in half for anyone else, it would be all doom and gloom. Instead, the Wyoming defense was a takeaway machine, making up for an offense that struggled and sputtered its way to just 3,718 yards – and another bowl appearance.
Now the machine keeps on rolling. Bohl has more big passers with all the tools and not enough prep hype – fitting the Carson Wentz, Josh Allen mold – he has another loaded defense, and he has the credibility of coming up with one of the nation’s best turnaround jobs.
And he has his best team yet in Laramie.
Start with the quarterback situation, with 6-4 bombers Tyler Vander Waal and Nick Smith each good enough to do far more than Allen could come up with last season. The O line is experienced enough to be better for a woeful running game, and just about everyone of note is back in the receiving corps.
Wyoming won’t be 125th in the nation in total offense again.
The defense that led the Mountain West in sacks and the nation in takeaways is beyond loaded with experience. There’s NFL upside on the line with Carl Granderson at the end and Youhanna Ghaifan, and there might not be a better safety in college football than Andrew Wingard. Add in the veteran linebacking corps, and it’s all there to be special again.
For the first time in its history, Wyoming will go bowling three years in a row; it’s good enough to make going to the Mountain West Championship two times in three years a reasonable task, and it might just be on the verge of the nation figuring out that one of the best head coaches in college football is working in Laramie.