Wyoming vs. Fresno State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (7-3) at Wyoming Cowboys (7-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm (War Memorial Stadium-WY)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&T Sportsnet; AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mtn; AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest; Mountain West Network
The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to War Memorial Stadium (WY) to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Fresno State Bulldogs improved to 7-3 (5-1 MW) on the season after defeating the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 31-21, this past Saturday. Fresno State scored 31 unanswered points between the 2nd and 3rd quarters to take a 31-7 lead and held off the Rainbow Warriors for the win. The Bulldogs outgained the Rainbow Warriors by a 401-272 margin and each team had 2 turnovers on the day. Leading the way for Fresno State was QB Marcus McMaryion who completed 19 of 36 passes for 226 yards and 4 TD and 2 INT. On the season, the Bulldogs are averaging 29.2 ppg on 395.5 total yards per game (229.9 passing yds/g; 165.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Fresno State is led by QB Marcus McMaryion who is completing 62.9% of his passes on the season for 11 TD and 3 INT while averaging 169.4 passing yds/g. The WR's are led by KeeSean Johnson (5.2 rec/g, 69.3 yds/g, 6 TD) and Da'Mari Scott (4.4 rec/g, 46.3 yds/g, TD). The Bulldogs backfield is led by Ronnie Rivers (8.8 att/g, 45.7 yds/g, 5 TD), Jordan Mims (11.3 att/g, 51.2 yds/g, 5 TD), and Josh Hokit (8.2 att/g, 39.5 yds/g, 7 TD). Defensively, Fresno State is allowing their opponents to an average of 18.3 ppg on 307.4 total yards per game (185.1 passing yds/g; 122.3 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have forced 17 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +8.
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The Wyoming Cowboys improved to 7-3 (5-1 MW) on the season after defeating the Air Force Falcons 28-14, this past Saturday. Wyoming lost QB Josh Allen to injury, but was able to extend the Cowboy win streak to 3 behind a stout defensive effort. The Cowboys were outgained the Falcons by a 378-229 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for Wyoming was RB Trey Woods who carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards and a TD. On the season, the Cowboys are averaging 24.4 ppg on 277.8 total yards per game (174.9 passing yds/g; 102.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wyoming is led by QB Josh Allen who has completed 56.2% of his passes on the season for 13 TD and 6 INT while averaging 165.8 passing yds/g. The Cowboys and Allen have talented receivers in Austin Conway (4.3 rec/g, 38.8 yds/g, 2 TD) and C.J. Johnson (2.1 rec/g, 34.2 yds/g, 5 TD). The Wyoming backfield is led by Trey Woods (12.4 att/g, 46.2 yds/g, 2TD) and Kellen Overstreet (6.1 att/g, 22.6 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Wyoming is holding their opponents to an average of 18.1 ppg on 334.1 total yards per game (156.8 passing yds/g; 177.3 rushing yds/g). The Cowboys have forced 27 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +17.
The Bulldogs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Cowboys are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Fresno State has been one of the better team in the MW this season and has been led by their defense that currently ranks 15th in scoring defense. Wyoming is best known due to their talented QB, Josh Allen, however, the Cowboys have won 6 of their last 7 games largely due to their defense that ranks 14th in scoring defense and 1st in turnover margin. We’ll have to keep an eye on the status of Josh Allen, however, even if he doesn’t play, I think the Wyoming defense will give the Bulldogs trouble and will win this one outright. Take Wyoming.