Wyoming vs. Utah State - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies (3-5) at Wyoming Cowboys (6-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm (War Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Utah State Aggies will travel to War Memorial Stadium (WY) to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Utah State Aggies dropped to 3-5 (1-4 MW) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego State Aztecs, 40-13, this past Saturday. Utah State had no answers for RB Donnel Pumphrey and the Aztecs stout defense and didn’t put up much of a fight after falling behind by a 20-7 margin at halftime. Utah State was outgained by San Diego State by a 414-252 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Aggies was QB Kent Myers who completed 11 of 26 passes for 181 yards, 1 TD, and an INT while adding a TD and 26 yards on the ground. On the season, Utah State is averaging 23.9 ppg on 374.0 total yards per game (209.8 passing, 164.3 rushing). Offensviely, the Aggies have been led by QB Kent Myers who has completed 57.4% of his passes for 8 TD and 5 INT while averaging 208.3 passing yds/game. Myers has done a solid job spreading the ball around as he had 5 receivers that average at least 2 rec/game. Leading the way for the receivers has been Rayshad Lewis (3.6 rec/g, 49.0 yds/g, TD), Ron’Quavion Tarver (3.5 rec/g, 43.9 yds/g, 2 TD), and Wyatt Houston (3.3 rec/g, 30.6 yds/g, 2 TD). Leading the Aggies backfield has been Tonny Lindsey (12.8 att/g, 55.9 yds/g, 3 TD), Kent Myers (10.3 att/g, 37.3 yds/g, 4 TD), and Devante Mays (7.0 att/g, 50.6 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Utah State is allowing their opponents to average 26.3 ppg on 366.4 total yards per game (183.8 passing, 182.6 rushing). Utah State has only forced 6 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of -2.
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The Wyoming Cowboys won their 4th straight game and improved to 6-2 (4-0 MW) on the season after upsetting the 13th ranked Boise State Broncos, 30-28, this past Saturday. Wyoming was able to fight back from a 21-7 deficit early in the 2nd quarter and got a late safety with just over a minute to go to take the lead and secure the win. Wyoming outgained Boise State by a 489-487 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Cowboys was DE Chase Appleby who won the game for Wyoming with his sack and forced fumble that led to the game winning safety. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 33.9 ppg on 427.3 total yards per game (203.4 passing, 223.9 rushing). Offensively, the Cowboys are led by RB Brain Hill who had 11 TD’s on the season and is averaging 144.5 yds/g on 25.3 att/g. QB Josh Allen has completed 58.8% of his passes for 13 TD and 7 INT while averaging 202.9 passing yds/game. Josh Allen is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cowboys as he has 5 rushing TD’s on the season and averages 41.4 rushing yds/game. Tanner Gentry (5.5 rec/g, 85.6 yds/g, 6 TD), Jake Maulhardt (2.6 rec/g, 40.1 yds/g, 2 TD), and Jacob Hollister (2.0 rec/g, 32.0 yds/g, 4 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Cowboys. Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 30.0 ppg on 444.9 total yards per game (303.0 passing, 141.9 rushing). Wyoming has forced 17 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +5.
The Aggies are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games on turf however, are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Cowboys are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
It’s been a long season for Utah State as the Aggies have really struggled finding ways to score the football as they come into this matchup with the 99th ranked scoring offense in College Football. Wyoming is coming off the biggest win in their program in many years and has been outstanding on the offensive side of the ball as they have the 49th ranked total offense in College Football. Wyoming is a tough place to play and as Utah State had tons of trouble of stopping the rushing attack of the San Diego State Aztecs, I just don’t see them having success against Brain Hill and Wyoming in this one. I’m taking Wyoming to cover this spread at home.