Wyoming and Colorado State will battle in the “Border War” on Thursday night. The Cowboys have won the last four meetings between the two schools.
Wyoming is coming off a 31-7 victory over Hawaii after falling in the season opener to Nevada in overtime 37-34. Colorado State lost their only game to Fresno State 38-17 in a disappointing effort.
Wyoming Cowboys Betting Preview: The Run-First Offense
The Cowboys will rely heavily on the run this season, and it will be no different against the Rams. Last week Wyoming ran for 281 yards on the ground in their win over Hawaii.
Running backs Xazavian Valladay and Trey Smith combined for 252 of those yards and all four touchdowns. Wyoming is averaging over 200 yards rushing per game.
Quarterback Levi Williams has struggled with his accuracy, completing just 25-of-49 passes. He has thrown for 339 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Cowboys defense bounced back after struggling against Nevada. They limited Hawaii to 233 yards of total offense and only allowed one rushing touchdown while forcing two turnovers.
Colorado State Rams Betting Preview: Bouncing Back After 0-1 Start
The Rams will be looking to avoid their second 0-2 start since 2014. Colorado State really struggled against the Bulldogs after having their season opener against New Mexico was canceled due to the coronavirus.
After Colorado State jumped out to a 10-7 lead, it was all Bulldogs as they gave up 31 straight points. Time of possession was a huge issue as Fresno State held the ball for just under 36 minutes.
Quarterback Todd Centeio struggled, completing just 10-of-23 passes for 141 yards. Patrick O’Brien, who should get more playing time this week, completed seven of his 10 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown. Centeio was the leading rusher for Colorado State with 80 yards on 13 carries.
The Rams defense played well against the run, which should bode well this week against a run-first Wyoming team. The problem was their pass defense, which allowed 348 yards and three touchdowns.
Cowboys at Rams Betting Odds & Lines
Mybookie has Wyoming as 3.5-point favorites.
Free Betting Pick
A big plus for Colorado State is that star receiver Dante Wright will be back after missing last week due to being a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He was a freshman All-American last season with over 1,000 total yards and ten touchdowns.
Colorado State’s ability to stop the run should give them a chance at pulling the small upset as Wyoming is not nearly as strong when they are forced to pass. If the Rams can hold the Cowboys to under 150 yards of rushing, they should be able to come away with the victory.
Wyoming 21, Colorado State 24
Spooky Express Free Pick: Colorado State +3.5