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Wyoming Cowboys are Loaded for 2018

The Wyoming Cowboys and the New Mexico State Aggies will both be looking to go 1-0 on the season. They meet at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. ESPN2 has the coverage with kickoff set for 10 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Cowboys as -6-point favorites versus the Aggies, while the game’s total opened at 47.5. The line is now Wyoming -5 and the total is down to 46.

Tonight will be a huge indicator of what’s to come for both programs for the season.

New Mexico State is playing its first game again as an independent. The Sun Belt broke up with the program after last season. The Aggies are coming off a big bowl season with a ton of momentum. It might all crash with a thud without a strong first game at home against a tough Wyoming team.

The Cowboys should have one of the nation’s best Group of Five defenses. Despite the loss of Josh Allen, the offense should be far better. Honestly, it can’t be a whole lot worse.

If they’re really and truly the team that should be a factor in the Mountain West race, they need to show it by winning this with ease.

Can the Aggies go Bowling Again?

After years and years and years of awful football, the program finally got to give its fans a little bit of fun. With a high-powered offense, a thrilling defense that attacked as well as anyone in the country,  the team won. Last year gave fans their first bowl appearance – and win – since 1960.

The Aggies got booted out of the Sun Belt with a bang.

Before that, it was 14 years since NMSU came up with a winning season. It won’t be that long before the program goes bowling or has a winner again.

The Aggies will keep on winging it around this year. That is despite the loss of QB Tyler Rogers and star WR Jaleel Scott. Matt Romero will get the start for the Aggies. The new guys will have their moments, no doubt.

The rebuilding offensive front will have a nightmare of a time against what the Cowboys are going to bring up front. The Aggies were a turnover machine last year. Don’t expect that to change tonight.

Defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani gets back a good group. They bring back nine starters. The pass rush should be great. The experience is there in the secondary as well. Overall, this has the potential to be the best defense yet in the Doug Martin era in Las Cruces.

Wyoming has A Chance to be Really Good

Eight starters are back from the nation’s top defense in takeaways. They are led by a terrific group of tacklers. It starts with hard-hitting safety Andrew Wingard. There are plenty of strong parts of the defensive puzzle. The secondary should be the shining star.

That’s a problem for an NMSU team that has to throw.

6-4 stud bombers Tyler Vander Waal and Nick Smith are each good enough to do far more than Allen could come up with last season. The O line is experienced enough to be better for a woeful running game. Just about everyone of note is back in the receiving corps.

Wyoming won’t be 125th in the nation in total offense again.

The defense that led the Mountain West in sacks and the nation in takeaways is beyond loaded with experience.

There’s NFL upside on the line with Carl Granderson at the end and with Youhanna Ghaifan at the other. There might not be a better safety in college football than Andrew Wingard. Add in the veteran linebacking corps, and it’s all there to be special again.

Wyoming will go bowling three years in a row for the first time in it’s history. If the offense gets cracking, they can contend for a major bowl game.

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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Wyoming 8-5 8-5 17.75 17.54 0.21 5-3 3-2 3-10 2-6 1-4
New Mexico State 7-6 8-5 31.50 29.69 1.81 3-3 5-2 5-8 0-6 5-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
WYO 15.18 19.11 -3.92
NMEXST 15.02 13.48 1.54
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
WYO 10.31 12.03 -1.72
NMEXST 10.70 11.54 -0.84
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
WYO 3.51 3.47 0.04
NMEXST 4.71 4.16 0.55
Team Records

Wyoming Cowboys

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 8-5 6-2 2-3 8-5 5-3 3-2 23.46 17.54 5.92
vs Conf 5-3 3-1 2-2 6-2 3-1 3-1 22.50 16.38 6.12
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 20.33 15.67 4.66

New Mexico State Aggies

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-6 4-2 3-4 8-5 3-3 5-2 29.31 29.69 -0.38
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 17.00 10.00 7.00
Last 3 3-0 3-0 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 21.67 15.67 6.00


Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 23.46 104 29.69 86
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 162.40 106 239.00 97
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 108.40 113 114.67 24
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 29.31 55 17.54 9
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 284.67 33 176.60 13
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 110.17 117 156.60 43

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
New Mexico State

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
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NCAA Football Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Wyoming Cowboys

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 22, 2017 CMICH 37-14 W -3/47 W/O 121 154 275 18 346 364 -8 H
Nov 25, 2017 SJ.ST 17-20 L -19/48.5 L/U 187 170 357 146 174 320 0 A
Nov 18, 2017 FRESNO 7-13 L 2/38.5 L/U 77 231 308 147 186 333 1 H
Nov 11, 2017 AIRFOR 28-14 W 2.5/50.5 W/U 100 129 229 203 175 378 -2 A
Nov 4, 2017 COLOST 16-13 W 4/47.5 W/U 156 138 294 235 110 345 1 H

New Mexico State Aggies

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 29, 2017 UTAHST 26-20 W 5.5/63.5 W/U 184 191 375 187 254 441 1 H
Dec 2, 2017 S.ALA 22-17 W -12/54.5 L/U 40 451 491 22 331 353 -2 H
Nov 25, 2017 IDAHO 17-10 W -9.5/56.5 L/U 172 231 403 41 174 215 -1 H
Nov 18, 2017 UL.LAF 34-47 L -4/64 L/O 89 313 402 279 226 505 3 A
Nov 4, 2017 TEX.ST 45-35 W -9/56 W/O 119 503 622 163 400 563 -2 A

Next up:
Wyoming home to Washington State Saturday, September 1
New Mexico State at Minnesota Thursday, August 30

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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