The Uphill Road To Bowl Eligibility

by Football

With 8 games left in the football season the Wyoming Cowboys need to find a way to finish with a 7-5 record going at least 4-4 down the stretch to become bowl eligible. In normal circumstances 6 wins is good enough to “earn” a team a birth in the postseason but Wyoming ended up playing two lower division schools (Weber State and Texas State) and only one of those wins can be counted for bowl game purposes. This situation cam about with the last minute departures of BYU and Utah from the Mountain West leaving the Pokes a game short with very few teams with open dates. With Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada set to join the league in the next few years the Cowboys should not be in this situation again anytime in the near future.

Looking at the games left this season the Cowboys appear to be underdogs in 5 of their remaining games and favorites in the other 3. Now all of this could change with a major injury for the Pokes or any other team left on the schedule but here is a snapshot of where things currently stand using the sagarin ratings to project the lines:

 

Underdogs                                                      Favorites

@ Utah State +10                                           UNLV -13

@ San Diego State +14                                 New Mexico -21

TCU +10                                                           @CSU -7

@ Air Force +7

@ Boise State +28

 

In order for the Pokes to get to 4 wins they are going to have to pull at least one upset considering they can hold off bottom feeders UNLV and New Mexico at home and win the Border War down in Fort Collins which is a rivalry game and is always a toss-up. The two best bets for an upset would be this weekends game at Utah State and the home game versus TCU who is looking shaky at best on the defensive side of the ball. So what do you think Poke fans, will the Cowboys get to 7 wins and if they do which teams to you think are most beatable?

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Topics: Bowl Eligibility, Football, Wyoming

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19 Comments on The Uphill Road To Bowl Eligibility

  1. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obviously Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense (although against better O’s than ours and they WILL get better), their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit the broad side of a barn 60% of the time, so offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  2. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obviously Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense (although against better O’s than ours and they WILL get better), their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit the broad side of a barn 60% of the time, so offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  3. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obviously Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense (although against better O’s than ours and they WILL get better), their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit the broad side of a barn 60% of the time, so offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  4. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  5. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  6. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in you assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

    • cowboytough says:

      Oh no I screwed up the title! Sadly there is no spell check for the title on the software I use…no more posting in the mornings before coffee for me! Thanks for catching that WyoFan.

      I am interested to hear more of your thoughts on Smith and why you don’t think he is a good QB.

  7. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in your assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  8. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in your assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  9. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    1.) I recommend using spell check

    2.) You are VERY off suggesting TCU is our 2nd most likely upset win. It is obvious Air Force is our only hope to make a bowl game. Although you’re correct in your assessment of TCU’s defense, their offense is going to run up and down the field on us. PLUS, our QB is so inaccurate he can’t hit a broad side of a barn 60% of the time. Our offense will be very hard pressed to keep up with TCU. Our ONLY hope is to beat Utah State this week and then Air Force, because we WILL lose the remaining games that we are not favored in….This fan is looking forward to the day we give our high QB recruit a shot before he transfers and see that Smith, although careful with the ball and athletic, has the passing ability of a low level high school QB.

  10. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You are blind to your fandom and know very little about football aren’t you?

  11. gdfupos says:

    You haven’t actually watched any games have you?

  12. gdfupos says:

    You haven’t actually watched any games have you?

  13. gdfupos says:

    You haven’t actually watched any games have you?

  14. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You are blind to your fandom and know very little about football aren’t you?

  15. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You are blind to your fandom and know very little about football aren’t you?

  16. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You must be blind to your fandom and know very little about football…..most catches our recievers make they are forced to adjust to….often not in stride so YAC is not an option.

  17. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You must be blind to your fandom and know very little about football…..most catches our recievers make they are forced to adjust to….often not in stride so YAC is not an option.

  18. WyoFanGrad2007 says:

    I’ve been to every home game. You must be blind to your fandom and know very little about football…..most catches our recievers make they are forced to adjust to….often not in stride so YAC is not an option.

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