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Week 12: Boise State Broncos (7-3) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (7-3

When: Saturday, November 19 – 5:00 PM GMT / 4:00 PM PT

Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyoming

weather: 37 degrees, mostly clear and light winds

Television: CBS Sports Network

Streaming: Fans can sign up for a free one-week trial of FuboTV, which includes CBSSN

SERIES RECORD: Boise State leads the all-time series 15-1 and has won the last five in a row, including last season in Boise, 32-13.

Last week: Boise State beat Nevada 41-3 and Wyoming 14-13 in Colorado State.

websites: BroncoSports.comthe official website of Boise State athletics | gowyo.comthe official website of Wyoming athletics

Prospect: Boise State -14

Week 12 Mountain West Football: Best Bets

It’s doubtful that Boise State is about this week’s game against Wyoming as the game to decide who controls the birth of the championship game early in the season. However, that is exactly what we have with the Cowboys sitting 5-1 in conference and Boise State 6-0.

If the Broncos win, we’ll be a lock in the Mountain West title game, while Wyoming must still beat Fresno State in Fresno next week to secure their rebirth. Injuries can have a huge impact on the game as Cowboy quarterback Andrew Paisley is still suffering from the effects of a concussion against Colorado State, so Utah transfer Jaden Clemons could be his starting point this week. The Broncos are hoping to get Dimitri Washington back on the field after he was recently rumored to be finished for the season.

Keys to victory

Control of Titus Swain:

Wyoming running back Titus Swain has 164 tackles on the year, while the other three fullbacks combined for just 127. With Paisley, the second rushing leader, likely out, there is little doubt the Cowboys offense will flow through Swain. If they can keep him at bay early and come up with a quick start on offense, the Broncos will be able to force Wyoming to rely on their passing game to keep them in the game. The secondary has been prone to giving up big plays but has stopped most offenses in the air this year.

Keep the balance:

Once Dirk Koetter took over, the Broncos relied heavily on running the ball to ease quarterback Taylen Green into his new starting role. In blowout, Boise State had 261 passing yards and 267 rushing yards against Nevada last week. Boise State used the pass early to quickly move the ball down the field, taking a 21-3 halftime lead and sealing the game in the second half by rushing in 25 of 39 games. Keeping the balance should keep Wyoming’s defense guessing what’s going to happen to them.

Keep green environment clean:

Wyoming’s pass rush has been fantastic this season. Through 10 games, the defense has 31 sacks, led by defensive ends Devon Harris (7.5) and Oluye Omotocho (5.5). Boise State ranks second in the conference in sacks allowed with 1.3 per game, with Green sacked only five times, primarily due to a heavy playing plan. Keeping Green clean involves more than just sacks, as the guard needs to keep pressure on him to avoid forced fumbles. Early in the game, the passing offense tends to show more drop passes than the play action and otherwise move the pocket, allowing the Cowboys defender to shoot for a set target. This is where the “nest” with Green’s navigation comes in. If the rush can’t maintain containment, the Green will be able to pick up significant yardage and put Wyoming on their heels.


In Wyoming’s game against San Jose State, Spartan quarterback Chevan Cordero had a field day for over 300 yards and rushing for two touchdowns. Taylen Green possesses a skill set similar to Cordero’s, along with running backs George Holaney and Ashton Ginty, to create problems for the Cowboys’ aggressive defense. The Broncos’ defense is the best in the conference against the run, and while they give up some big plays, it’s strong against the pass as well. Adding to the possibility of a sophomore transfer with his first start at quarterback, the Broncos could have a field day. Boise State will limit itself to the Mountain West title game by winning and over spread coverage.

Boise State 38, Wyoming 10



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