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Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY
When: Saturday, October 20, 2:30 PM. ET.
The Wyoming Cowboys will be trying to hand the Utah State Aggies their second loss of the season and pick up their first conference win of the season when they meet in Mountain West Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
Aggies Going For Sixth Consecutive Win
Since their seven-point loss to Michigan State in their season-opener, the Aggies have won five consecutive games, giving them the best record in the Mountain West. They will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they face the struggling Cowboys on Saturday.
Utah State has played well offensively this season, averaging 51.7 points per game, which is second in the nation. The Aggies do a great job throwing and running the ball, making them hard to stop defensively.
— USU Football (@USUFootball) October 13, 2018
Quarterback Jordan Love, who has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions, completed 73.9 percent of his passes for 322 yards and a career-best five touchdowns in Utah State’s win over UNLV in their last game. With the Cowboys giving up 244.9 passing yards per game, expect to see them struggle to stop Love on Saturday.
The Aggies have also done a great job on the ground, averaging 201 rushing yards per game. Darwin Thompson, who leads the team with 426 yards and seven touchdowns, should get a lot of touches against a Wyoming team that gives up 130 rushing yards per game.
If Utah State plays well offensively like they have done all season, they should be able to get their sixth consecutive win on Saturday.
Cowboys Trying To Snap Three-Game Losing Streak
Unlike their opponents, the Cowboys haven’t played well this season and currently find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. They will be trying to snap their losing streak and get their third win of the season when they face the Aggies on Saturday.
If the Cowboys want to give themselves a chance to win this game, they will have to be at their best on offense. The team currently averages 15.4 points per game, which is 129th in the country. They have struggled to throw the ball this season, and average 143.7 passing yards per game, which is 122nd in the country.
Freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal has gone through some growing pains in his first season, completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 1,006 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. He is coming off his worst game of the season, completing 37.5 percent of his passes for 117 yards and one interception in their loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs. The team will need him to quickly bounce back from that performance and lead them to a win over the Aggies.
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— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 9, 2018
With the Aggies giving up 157 rushing yards per game, expect to see the Cowboys focus on running the ball, which means Nico Evans, who leads the team with 670 rushing yards and four touchdowns, will get plenty of action on Saturday. If they run the ball successfully and can control the clock, the Cowboys will have a good chance to get the upset victory over the Aggies.
- 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Utah State is:
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 8-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cowboys have struggled against the spread this season. They are winless in their last five games against teams with winning records and in their last six games overall. The Aggies have been great against the spread. They are perfect in their last six games and have won eight of their last nine games against teams with losing records, giving them the edge in this game.
Prediction: Utah State
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone over in seven of Utah State’s last eight road games, in their last six games overall, and in their last four games against teams with losing records, thanks to their high-powered offense. The total has also gone over in seven of the last meetings between the two teams, making it likely they will go over again on Saturday.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Aggies averaged 28 points per game in the first half of their last three games, while the Cowboys averaged two points per game. Expect Utah State’s offense to dominate the Cowboys as they cruise to a comfortable halftime lead.
Prediction: Utah State
Half-Time Total Bet
The Aggies will do most of the heavy lifting in this game because the Cowboys are limited offensively. Since the Cowboys, who give up 11.5 points in the first half, are facing the best offense they have played this year, expect the Aggies to go for at least 30 points in the first half.