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Wyoming 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 10:52 am

Wyoming 2011 OutlookTrue freshman Brett Smith is challenging redshirt Emory Miller, Jr., for the leadership of Wyoming’s spread offense in 2011. (Photo: Tim Kupsick/Caspar Star-Tribune)

Dave Christensen’s recasting of the Wyoming Cowboys has not progressed according to schedule.  Yes, they went bowling in their first year, but that success is looking a lot more attributable to the Cowboy defense, which deteriorated markedly in Christensen’s second year.  Offensively, the Cowboys relied more on the run in 2009.  But short passing is what made Christensen valuable, and in his second year, he tried it more, and it didn’t work well enough to give the defense any room for error.  In ’09, Wyoming attempted 410 passes, completing about 55% of those.  In ’10, the Cowboys attempted only 289 passes, about 60% completed.  In both seasons they got 3.6 yards per carry, but carried the ball about 260 less times in 2010.  (more…)

2010 Mountain West Restrospective: Bottom Feeders

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:44 am

In many ways, 2010 was set up to be the Mountain West’s coming-out year.  Its champion had claimed the non-cartel autobid two years running, and its Big Three were bigger and better than ever (BYU’s rebuild notwithstanding).  And then the other feet (yes, that’s plural) began to fall, and suddenly the Mountain West began acquiring a certain wacishness, a “haven’t we seen this somewhere else” look.  Out went Utah, in came Boise.  BYU tried to upstage its rival, first by trying to blow up the Mountain West, then fleeing it.  Somehow Nevada and Fresno State were suddenly sitting at the MWC table, and the WAC was feverishly trying to douse the fuse.  

So by the time kickoff finally came around, the Mountain West no longer looked at 2010 as its coming-out party.  The cartel had, again, won.  Peeling off Utah and BYU, the cartel outflanked the MWC’s challenge to widen access to lucrative BCS money and bowls by an entire conference.  A couple top teams?  Sure, there’s wiggle room for that change; but an entire conference?  Not a chance.  Boise State and TCU were left dangling in the breeze, their conference still safely outside the cartel.  TCU won ascendence into the cartel later, but only after the threat of a seventh conference claiming a seat at the cartel’s table by right had fizzled.  (more…)