Wyoming Cowboys (7-4) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (7-4)
The 2022 college football betting action goes on with Week 13 matchups, so we are taking a closer look at the Mountain West Conference showdown from Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, to get you the best Wyoming vs. Fresno State betting pick and odds.
Wyoming meets Fresno State for the second straight season, and the Bulldogs aim for their fourth consecutive victory over the Cowboys. Fresno State opens as a firm 15-point home fave with a total of 50.5 points.
The Cowboys’ win streak is overThe Wyoming Cowboys (7-4; 6-5 ATS; 5-2 conf.) suffered a tough 20-17 home loss to the Boise State Broncos in Week 12. Although they had a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter and a 17-13 lead at the start of the fourth, the Cowboys couldn’t hold on and put an end to their four-game winning streak. Now, Wyoming’s dream of playing in the MWC championship game is over, and the Cowboys can look to the future and the bowl season.
"I'm proud of the effort our guys played with and we made a lot of plays tonight, but they (Boise State) made one more play than what we did and we lost the game," Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said. "We have an emerging football team. We had guys out there tonight, like some of our defensive tackles, who hadn't played a lot this year but because of injured players we called on those guys and they played their hearts out. It is a gut punch, but we'll bounce back. This football team has to hang together and move forward and get ready to play Fresno State.
Junior running back Titus Swen went off for 212 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against Boise State. Sophomore QB Jayden Clemons had a rough day at the office, tossing for three interceptions and completing just three of his 16 passing attempts for a paltry 30 yards. Junior signal-caller Andrew Peasley, who’s thrown for 1,284 yards, nine touchdowns, and six interceptions so far this season, sat out Week 12 due to an injury and is questionable to play against Fresno State.
The Cowboys are scoring 22.6 points per game (102nd in the nation) on 129.9 passing yards (125th) and 196.9 rushing yards (29th). Wyoming leans on its stout defense, surrendering 22.8 points per contest (tied-39th) on 223.1 passing yards (69th) and 152.7 rushing yards (72nd).
The red-hot Bulldogs continue to rollThe Fresno State Bulldogs (7-4; 4-7 ATS; 6-1 conf.) won the MWC West Division title and clinched a berth in the MWC championship game following a 41-14 thrashing of the Nevada Wolf Pack in Week 12. The Bulldogs also extended their winning streak to six games while covering a huge 22.5-point with ease. They outgained Nevada 524-389 in total yards and won the turnover battle 3-0.
“We never lost belief,” Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford said after his team overcame a 1-4 start to the season. “We’ve never got discouraged. Just stayed together as a group and kept fighting and working hard every single day.”
Senior QB Jake Haener completed 29 of his 42 passing attempts for 361 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada. He also scored twice on his own. Senior running back Jordan Mims had 19 carries for 156 yards and a TD, while senior wideout Jalen Moreno-Cropper posted seven receptions for 136 yards.
Haener has been outstanding over the last three weeks, throwing for 1,001 yards and nine touchdowns. The Bulldogs are scoring 31.0 points per game (tied-49th in the country) on 285.5 passing yards (20th) and 132.3 rushing yards (91st) while surrendering 22.7 points in a return (tied-37th) on 203.1 passing yards (35th) and 165.1 rushing yards (tied-85th).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
There’s nothing to play for in this game which makes the side bet a tricky one. Both teams could easily decide to rest some of their key players, so I’m going with the Bulldogs, who possess more depth than the Cowboys. Also, this is Jake Haener’s final appearance at Bulldog Stadium, and I’ve mentioned his excellent run of form.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 SU and ATS in their previous six meetings with the Cowboys. Last year, they blanked Wyoming 17-0 as 3-point road favorites. The Cowboys have only scored ten points over their last three encounters with the Bulldogs, and Wyoming’s one-dimensional offense will have a mountain to climb once more.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cowboys will run the ball as much as possible and hope their defensive unit will find a way to slow down the Bulldogs’ passing offense. As I’ve said, Wyoming leans on its defense, and none of the Cowboys’ last six contests has produced more than 49 points in total. On the flip side, each of the Bulldogs’ last four games has seen more than 50 points on the scoreboard.
I would lean on the Cowboys to slow things down. The under is 4-1 in their previous five outings, and it is 5-1 in Wyoming’s last six contests against Fresno State.