Wyoming vs. San Diego State: Three Keys to a Cowboys Victory
Will the Pokes send a message to the rest of the conference?
Cowboys vs Aztecs
WEEK 7: Wyoming Cowboys (4-1, 1-0 MW) vs San Diego State Aztecs (4-1, 1-1 MW)
WHEN: Saturday, October 12— 8:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT
WHERE: SDCCU Stadium; San Diego, CA (54,000)
SERIES RECORD: Wyoming leads 19-18
ODDS (via OddsShark): San Diego State -3.5
FEI Projection: San Diego State by 7.9
Three Keys to a Wyoming Win
Don’t let the Aztecs offense break out
If you think Wyoming has had a bad offense this season, you probably haven’t seen what San Diego State has done through their 5 games. The Aztecs passing offense has them ranked 110th nationally, only 18 spots ahead of the Pokes. The running game hasn’t been much better. They are 94th nationally in rushing yards per game, 80 spots behind Wyoming. The Aztecs 2.98 yards per rush is the 8th worst in the nation. If the Cowboys hold SDSU to their averages or even see them perform slightly above their averages, Wyoming will have a great chance to win.
Make big plays on offense
San Diego State is only allowing 45.4 rushing yards per game. Each of Wyoming’s 3 primary runners, Chambers, Valladay, and Swen, are averaging more than that total. Don’t expect the Cowboys to finish with 45 rushing yards in this contest but don’t expect to see them rushing for 250 on 6 yards per carry either. The Pokes ability to break a huge run here and there and make some chunk plays in the passing game will probably be the determining factor in this game.
Huge night for the kicking game
Many are expecting points to be at a premium in this contest and that means kicking and field position will be a significant factor in determining the outcome. Rothe has had a rocky beginning to the season missing 4 of his 12 field goal attempts and two extra points.