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Wyoming Cowboys 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Wyoming Cowboys 2016 Preview

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Craig Bohl  continues his rebuild of the Wyoming Cowboys football program in 2016.

Overview: Craig Bohl is trying to rebuild without the help of transfers and is looking to recruits for a long term solution. The Cowboys enter year three under Bohl and we’ll see if his ideas begin to pay dividends in the win column.

Wyoming Cowboys 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook


Offense: The bottom line for Wyoming is they have to move the chains and find the endzone more often because their 19 points in 2015 isn’t going to win games consistently. Josh Allen appears to have the edge over Nick Smith as the Cowboys signal caller although neither has a ton of experience to draw on. Whoever ultimately starts at quarterback will have some weapons to work with virtually everyone back that caught a pass with Jake Maulhardt and Tanner Gentry giving the Pokes a nice receiving combo. The Cowboys possess the top runner in the MWC in Brian Hill (281-1631) who will get plenty of help from Shaun Wick who gets another year of eligibility because of injury in 2015. With four starters back on the O-Line including All MWC guard Chase Roullier so this offense has potential.

Defense: Wyoming allowed 34 points and over 420 yards with and obvious weakness against the pass. That means a strong pass rush would be a great thing to have but DE Carl Granderson is the only defensive linemen of note back with six TFL and a sack. Wyoming returns their top four linebackers with Lucas Wacha and DJ May combining for 10.5 TFL with May also breaking up ten passes. The Cowboys are loaded with experience in the secondary led by Andrew Wingard with a team high 102.5 tackles with seven TFL while UCLA transfer Jalen Ortiz is a welcome addition. Overall this unit was strongest against the run and  likely will be in 2016 if the pass rush does not develop.

Special Teams: Ethan Wood is back to handle punts and with placekicker Tristan Bailey gone, Cooper Rothe is the frontrunner to handle the kicking chores. With DL May and Tanner Gentry the return game will be fine so the special teams shouldn’t be an area of concern for the Cowboys. 

Outlook: I’m not sure we see improvement in the win column this season unless the passing game and the pass rush is decent. I’d say 2017 is when we see a better product on the field and I think Bohl knows the fans aren’t going to wait forever.


9/3                 Northern Illinois

9/10               @ Nebraska

9/17               UC Davis

9/24               @ Eastern Michigan

10/1               @ Colorado State

10/8               Air Force

10/22             @ Nevada

10/29             Boise State

11/5               Utah State

11/12             @ UNLV

11/19             San Diego State

11/26             @ New Mexico

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