Washington State vs. Wyoming fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY
Network: CBS Sports Network
Washington State (0-0) vs. Wyoming (1-0) Game Preview
That was a clinic.
The Wyoming 29-7 win might not have been all that aesthetically pleasing, but it was a dominant performance by a defense that didn’t allow a thing until the fourth quarter.
The offense ground out the clock, had control throughout, and came up with a road win to kick off the season.
And now it has to handle the passing game upgrade.
Washington State has a slew of key new parts stepping up in a rebuilding season, but it’s about to deal with a tuned-up defense that should be among the best in the nation at taking the ball away – even though it didn’t do that against NMSU.
Get through this, and with San Jose State and Eastern Washington up next, Wazzu should get off to a good start before going to USC.
But it’s going to be a problem surviving and advancing.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
The Wyoming offense isn’t going to be anything amazing.
It might have ran wild against New Mexico State, and QB Tyler Vander Waal was good enough, but there won’t be a whole lot of explosion.
The Cougars have to get up fast and make the Cowboys press a little bit. Even a 10-0 lead should change up everything UW is going to want to do.
As long as QB Gardner Minshew and the passing game can control the game early on by hitting the third down throws, and as long as Wyoming isn’t able to grind out long drives, everything should be fine.
The Cougar D is going to be good enough to hold firm as long as the O gets that early lead, but …
One Reason Why Wyoming Will Win
The Wyoming D is the absolute real deal, with the talent and ability to clamp down on all of Wazzu’s short-to-midrange throws.
The Cowboys didn’t dominate behind the line, but they came up with three sacks and force the Aggies to finish with -9 rushing yards. Now they need to get Nico Evans going again on the other side.
The UW offensive line had a great game, but it was Evans – who ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns – who took over, leading the way to a 312-yard day performance from the Cowboy ground attack. If they can even get half of that against the Cougars, all of the other parts will come in place.
What’s Going To Happen
Wyoming’s defense is going to make this a horribly frustrating day for the Washington State offense.
The Cougars will get the attack going just enough to take a late first half lead, but they won’t get comfortable. Fortunately for them, their defense will take care of everything else.
Wyoming QB Tyler Vander Waal will have to throw, and while he can do that – he’ll be even more effective than Josh Allen was throughout last season – he’s not going to outgun Minshew.
The Cougar defense will the surprise in a game full of decent offensive parts. It’ll come through when it has to in the fourth, overcoming a rough day from the other side.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington State 23, Wyoming 17
Line: Washington State -2.5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 3
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