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239.4 Wyoming has run the ball well against just about everybody, averaging 239.4 yards per game. That’s good for 14th nationally. The Cowboys have been even better against Mountain West competition at 262 yards per game. It’s what the Cowboys do, and that won’t change against Boise State. At least the philosophy won’t. But whether they can get it going the way they have virtually all season remains to be seen. Boise State is fourth in the league against the run (116.3 yards allowed per game), and this will be the Cowboys’ first time on the road since losing starting offensive linemen Eric Abojei and Alonzo Velazquez to injuries early last month.

22 Wyoming will likely throw the ball a little more with Tyler Vander Waal under center. The question is will the Cowboys be able to protect him, particularly if they fall behind early on the blue turf? Boise State has been one of the best teams in the MW at getting to the quarterback this season. The Broncos’ 22 sacks are tied for second-most in the league. Junior defensive end Curtis Weaver has been at the forefront of that effort with a league-high 10.5 sacks. A quarterback’s best friend is a strong running game, and you can bet the Cowboys will continue to try to lean on that to keep Boise State’s defense from pinning its ears back.

291 The soft spot in Wyoming’s defense this season has been its pass coverage, and the Cowboys are getting ready to face one of the Mountain West’s top passing attacks. The Broncos are throwing for 291 yards per game, fourth-most in the league. Freshman QB Hank Bachmeier has been efficient with a 63.2-percent completion rate and more than twice as many TD passes (9) as interceptions (4). It’ll be up to the Cowboys’ front seven to try to make the youngster uncomfortable in the pocket and possibly force him to get rid of the ball quicker than he’d like. Wyoming does lead the league with 26 sacks.

6 Wyoming once again won the turnover battle against Nevada its last time out with a plus-1 advantage. The Cowboys have won all six games in which they’ve won it. Wyoming is plus-10 in turnover margin in its wins and minus-2 in its losses. Boise State has been decent at holding onto the ball (11 turnovers in eight games), and freshman QB Hank Bachmeier hasn’t been prone to interceptions (just four). But the Cowboys have been as good as anybody at taking care of the ball (five turnovers in eight games), and until they lose a game in which they win the turnover battle, this stat is worth mentioning.

This article originally ran on trib.com.


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