Schedule and Odds
It’s likely going to be another trying season for Wyoming, although their over/under is set at 5 wins (at 5 dimes), but a lot of that is in part to an easy non-Conference Schedule. Playing in the MWC’s Mountain division, the Cowboys are going to have a tough road, especially with a new quarterback in the mix.
Indiana transfer Cameron Coffman is their new quarterback and while his numbers at IU were respectable, he’s working with a different team in Wyoming. The positive is that there’s not much to live up to as Colby Kirkegaard had just 12 TDs and 9 INTs last season. And even if they add a few points to their average, that may not mean much with a defense that’s not expected to improve.
Coffman at least has a solid running Game to work with behind the duo of Brian Hill (796 yards, 7 TDs) and Shaun Wick (753 yards, 6 TDs). Expect those two to be fed the ball a bunch again as that was probably one of the only positives from this team last year. Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry, while Wick was at 6.0. Coffman won’t have much to work with in the passing Game with Tanner Gentry (32 receptions) the top returning WR along with Jake Maulhardt (21 receptions). The offensive line will also be young with three underclassmen expected to start.
The Cowboys allowed 32.8 points per Game last year and that number probably won’t improve much with a secondary that is set to be one of the youngest in the nation. After spring, the secondary depth chart had Four freshmen all listed as starters. While that isn’t an entirely bad thing, the lack of experience will definitely come about in the season.
The front seven will have to step it up, including end Eddie Yarbrough, who finished with 63 tackles and Four sacks last season. He’s joined by some experience on the line with tackle Uso Olive also there. The linebacking crew is a question, though, with a couple guys having made the safety to LB switch in the offseason. For Wyoming to be relevant on defense, the front seven will need to step up its Game to help the young secondary.
Once again, Wyoming should get a couple early-season wins due to a favorable non-Conference Schedule. From there, it’s a little more undecided, especially later in the season when the Cowboys get to face Boise State, Utah State, Colorado State and SDSU in Four straight weeks, three of them coming on the road. However, there will still be opportunities for this team to get wins in MWC play with home Games against New Mexico, Nevada and UNLV.
Conveniently enough, this team could actually reach six wins, but that wouldn’t exactly guarantee a bowl Game. But with a top running Game and if the defensive front can stay strong, this team could find an upset somewhere on the Schedule, just like when they unexpectedly beat Fresno State last season.
2015 Wyoming Football Schedule
Sept. 5 vs. North Dakota
Sept. 12 vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 19 at Washington State
Sept. 26 vs. New Mexico
Oct. 3 at Appalachian State
Oct. 10 at Air Force
Oct. 17 vs. Nevada
Oct. 24 at Boise State
Oct. 30 at Utah State
Nov. 7 vs. Colorado State
Nov. 14 at San Diego State
Nov. 28 vs. UNLV