As the only team in the Mountain West Conference with less than three losses, the unbeaten Fresno State Bulldogs look to make program history by heading to a BCS bowl for the first time ever. Having made it to 11 bowls since 2000, the Bulldogs look to be one of the most consistent non-power conference teams.
On the other side of the field, the Wyoming Cowboys are just two wins away from bowl eligibility, but they still have to face three of the top four teams in the conference. While the Cowboys won’t likely be bowling this season, they still have a good possibility of finishing with more wins than they did last year — four wins from 2012.
Fresno State looks like one of the best offensive teams from a smaller conference in the nation. Ranking fourth in passing yards per game behind the strong arm of Derek Carr, the Bulldogs look to win out behind their veteran leader. Carr has passed for 3,061 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year as one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Davante Adams has been the senior gunslinger’s favorite target, catching 80 passes for 888 yards and 14 touchdowns. Don’t forget that the Bulldogs also rank eighth in the nation in scoring.
Wyoming also has a surprisingly solid offense this season, ranking 21st in both rush yards and pass yards per game and 32nd in points per game. Led by quarterback Brett Smith, the Cowboys have relied upon on the best arms in the conference to lead them to four wins through eight games. Smith has 2,367 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing most of his passes to his two favorite targets: Robert Herron and Dominic Rufran. The two wide outs combine for 92 catches and 1,279 yards to go along with 11 scores. Shaun Wick leads the run game with 776 yards and nine touchdowns on seven yards per carry.
Defensively, the Bulldogs rank 78th in points allowed per game in the nation while also ranking, unimpressively, 83rd in yards allowed per contest. Wyoming ranks 93rd in points allowed and 113th in yards allowed per game with nearly 500 — this could get ugly for the Cowboys.
Fresno State will travel to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys at 10:15 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Fresno State 42, Wyoming 27