5. Air Force – Haaziq Daniels
Daniels hasn’t received the kind of attention that some of his Mountain West peers have, but he’s been pretty good in his own right over the pat two seasons and helped the Falcons earn a win over the Cowboys last year with his arm. He completed 7-of-10 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Air Force ground game met heavy resistance, proving that Mike Thiessen’s offense can win in more than one way if circumstances dictate it.
4. Boise State – Hank Bachmeier
Stealing a win against the Broncos has proved elusive in recent years and Bachmeier’s play has been a big reason why. He missed Boise State’s three-point win over the Cowboys in 2019, but he’s completed 68.9% of his passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns in their last two wins over Wyoming. If he can stay protected, Bachmeier has the talent to make the Cowboys miserable for a third straight season.
3. BYU – Jaren Hall
When healthy last year, Hall was one of the best quarterbacks in the Group of 5. He threw for 2,583 yards at 8.7 yards per attempt, added 307 rushing yards on the ground, and accounted for 23 touchdowns against five interceptions. If only replacing first-round NFL Draft picks always looked that easy.
2. Utah State – Logan Bonner
Bonner straight up did not have a good time trying to solve the Cowboys defense last year, putting up one of his worst games of the year (19-of-40, 181 yards, two touchdowns) in a Wyoming rout. For the most part, however, he thrived when the Aggies kept him on his feet and set a single-season program record with 36 passing touchdowns, and he’ll be motivated to set things right in the rematch.
1. Fresno State – Jake Haener
Like Bonner, as good as Haener has been over the past two seasons, Wyoming seems to be the one team that figured out how to slow him down. He completed just 15-of-28 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s defensive fist fight, though it’ll be a tough ask to do it two years in a row.