Border War Preview: Colorado St. @ Wyoming

Game time: Friday, November 22, 9:30 ET

Location: War Memorial Stadium– Laramie, WY

Current Line: Wyoming -6.5 Total: 51.0

Series Wins: Wyoming 47-5-58 Colorado State

Preview: Friday night the Colorado State Rams will travel the 65 mile journey across the Colorado-Wyoming border to Laramie to take on the Cowboys in the Border War. This Mountain West showdown is being played for the seventy-third consecutive time, Wyoming has won the last three meetings between the two teams. This year’s game has the appearance of a classic game between the two rivals. Wyoming currently has a (6-4) record and sits in fourth place in the Mountain West Mountain Division, Colorado State sits right behind the Cowboys in fifth place in the division and sports a (4-6) record on the year. The Cowboys come into the game with the second best rushing attack in the Mountain West averaging 219.8 rushing yards per game. They will look to pound the rock early and often as Colorado State’s rushing defense ranks second to last in the Mountain West allowing an average of 206.7 rushing yards per game. Conversely, the Rams will look to air it out with their Mountain West third overall passing attack; the Rams average 315.7 yards a game through the air. This year the Cowboys have struggled against the pass allowing 282.1 yards a game which ranks eleventh in the Mountain West.

Analysis: Colorado State has put points on the board all year but has struggled to stop teams defensively. Meanwhile the Cowboys possess one of the fiercest home field advantages in the nation, that’s right, little old Laramie, Wyoming will bring it like they do every single week, there is a reason the Cowboys are undefeated at home and are outscoring opponents 165-77 on War Memorial Field. This game will prove as no exception because when the Rams come to town the whole state is a buzz. This is more than a football game for both these teams. This is for the Bronze Boot and bragging rights over the whole damn state. I think Wyoming rises to the occasion behind their workhorse of a running back, Xazavian Valladay, and the rowdy Cowboy fans. Expect Colorado States offense to struggle in this game against the Cowboys defense.

Prediction: Wyoming 31 Colorado State 20

Pick: Wyoming -6.5

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