2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Wyoming Offense
The passing game just can’t be putrid. The Cowboys threw two touchdown passes against Wofford. They threw two against Colorado State and against Air Force, too. They threw two against everyone else, finishing with just eight touchdown passes on the year.
The passing attack was able to complete 50% or fewer of its passes seven times, and 23 times in the five years under head coach Craig Bohl. The big yards don’t have to be there, but the offense changes if the O can connect on 60% or more of the throws. More on that in a moment.
Biggest Key To The Wyoming Defense
What happened to the pass rush? The Cowboys came up with 33 sacks two years ago, but the anemic pass rush of 2014 and 2015 returned with just 19 sacks, and 12 of them coming in three games. The defense was still good, and the lack of big plays behind the line weren’t a killer, but double up the production and it should be enough to overcome the offensive issues.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Sean Chambers, RFr.
Even when Josh Allen was under center, the passing game wasn’t all that efficient. He threw way too many interceptions for an offense that hasn’t finished with a 60+% passing season since 2013. That’s where Chambers comes in, after hitting 15 of his 25 attempts – 60% – last season.
He doesn’t need to be a first round draft pick like Allen, but as long as he’s able to connect enough to keep the chains moving, and if he’s able to keep the interceptions to a minimum, he’ll be doing his job.
Key Game To The Wyoming Season
Nevada, Oct. 26
It’s an interdivisional conference game, but it’s also one of the team’s tougher games of the Mountain West seasons. It comes right before getting a week off to prepare for a brutal finishing kick of three road games in four weeks, and it’s a home game. With dates at San Diego State, Boise State, Utah State and Air Force, the Cowboys are in big trouble if they lose this.
– Wyoming Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Wyoming Fun Stats
– Wyoming 1st Quarter Scoring: 44 – 4th Quarter Scoring 82
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 11-of-16 (69%) – Wyoming 4-of-12 (33%)
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 10 – Wyoming 4