1. WYOMING WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The offense can’t and won’t be any worse.
There aren’t any established skill stars, and the line is just okay, but after a miserable season with scores tough to come by, this year’s team should make a few adjustments and be a bit better through the air and finally come up with a little bit of explosion.
The defense loses just enough key parts to be annoying, but it should still be among the four best in the Mountain West thanks to a great-tackling group of defensive backs, and a thumping linebacking corps with the upside to be special.
Now the offense has to hold up its end of the bargain.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
The biggest overall problem is the improvements throughout the rest of the Mountain West. Out of the last two seasons and 13 regular season wins, only one came against a team that finished with a winning record.
UNLV is a must-win home game, but the Rebels should be better. Colorado State will be stronger, and New Mexico – if it can keep a quarterback healthy – might have the right offense to give the Cowboys problems.
Assume at least three losses among the four dates against Missouri, at San Diego State, at Boise State and at Utah State, and be scared of Air Force and Nevada, too.
The Cowboys will get to six wins on defense and the running game – again – but they’ll fall just short in just enough tight battles to need a late rally to go bowling.