The Wyoming Cowboys will host the Nevada Wolfpack in an MWC tilt Saturday afternoon from War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, WY. The Wolfpack dropped a 36-10 road decision to Utah State in their latest clash, and the Cowboys posted a convincing 23-10 home win against New Mexico in their previous action. Wyoming recorded a 42-34 road win against Nevada in the previous meeting back in the 2016 season.
Nevada's Offense Falters in Second MWC Defeat
The Nevada Wolfpack head into this challenging matchup having lost two out of their last three games. Nevada hadtrouble in a 36-10 road loss to Utah State last week in a game that had the Wolfpack as 23 point dogs. Malik Henry got the start at QB and he struggled, connecting on only 17 of 38 passes for 213 yards with two interceptions. The junior QB on has tallied 593 passing yards with a 1:4 TD to INT ratio. Nevada has decided to start Carson Strong this week. Strong was originally named the#1 QB entering the season and he started the first four games. The freshman QB is also having issues, logging 729 passing yards with a 3:5 TD to INT ratio in his four games.
Nevada will give Toa Taua plenty of carries on the ground. The sophomore RB rushed for 160 yards two weeks ago, and 84 yards on 20 attempts last week. Taua has accrued 513 rushing yards on the year, and he is faced with a daunting task against an outstanding Wyoming rush defense.
Elijah Cooks continues to be targeted frequently, making 15 receptions over his last three games. The junior WR is up to 393 receiving yards and four touchdowns on the season. The Wolfpack offense is very inconsistent and scoring points has been an issue.
"I was really proud of the effort of our defense. I really thought our defense kept us in the game for a balance of about three and a half quarters."#BattleBorn // #NevadaGrit pic.twitter.com/gySHtZbYyI— Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball) October 21, 2019
The Nevada defense is an area that needs a lot of improvement. They have fared well against the run, but their pass defense is placed down at 116th in the FBS. The Wolfpack are currently averaging 21.4 points, ranking them 111th overall. They are conceding an average of 38.6 points, pegging them down at 127th in the FBS. Nevada is 1-2 on the road.
Wyoming Remains Perfect on Home Field as Defense Shines
The Wyoming Cowboys enter this one on a winning note. Wyoming rebounded from their loss to San Diego State by logging a 23-10 home win against New Mexico last week in a matchup that pegged the Cowboys as 19.5 point favorites. The Cowboys are in the middle of the MWC standings with a 2-1 conference record after opening non-conference play with three straight wins. Sean Chambers was outstanding last week, recording 86 passing yards along with 117 rushing yards. The freshman QB does not attempt many passes, but he is mobile and can exploit his opposition on the ground. Chambers has 757 passing yards with a 5:2 TD to INT ratio, and he leads Wyoming with 547 rushing yards.
The Cowboys offense revolves around their running game. They feature multiple backs that can do damage. Xazavian Valladay is coming off a season-high 127 rushing yards in the win against the Lobos last week. The sophomore back has 425 rushing yards. Titus Swen, who has tallied 337 rushing yards, is out with a knee injury.
Wyoming’s receiving leader Austin Conway only has 131 receiving yards, followed by Raghib Ismail Jr. with 110 yards. Both should make their presence felt against a weak pass defense. The Cowboys offense doesn’t usually score big points, but they are very productive on the ground with a rushing offense that stands 15th in the FBS.
The Wyoming defense is among the best in the MWC. The Cowboys defense will keep them in most games highlighted by a rush defense that ranks 18th overall, although they will give up yards in the air. Wyoming is currently averaging 28.6 points, ranking them 74th in the FBS. They are limiting opponents to 19.7 points, good for 25th overall. The Cowboys feature a perfect 4-0 home record.
The Nevada Wolfpack are:
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Wyoming Cowboys are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning record.
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 October games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after collecting more than 200 rushing yards in their previous game.