North Dakota Fighting Sioux (0-1) at Wyoming Cowboys (4-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 5, 2015, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys -- Over/Under:
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North Dakota will travel to War Memorial Stadium this Saturday afternoon to kick off their seasons in college football action.
North Dakota and first year head coach Bubba Schweigert had a below average season posting a 5-7 record (3-5 Big Sky) and will need to find some answers on the offensive side of the ball if they want to improve in 2015. North Dakota averaged just 254 ypg and 15.9 ppg. North Dakota averaged just 4.2 yds/play last year and was outscored by their opponents by a 314-191 margin. Leading the way for the North Dakota offensive this season with be Joe Mollberg who finished last season with a 54.5 completion percentage, 919 yds, 3 TD’s and 5 Int. North Dakota will also be returning their starting RB in Jer Garman who finished the season with 858 yds and 7 TD while averaging 5.0 yds/carry. North Dakota was to be competitive last year with a strong defensive that should be pretty decent against, especially with the addition of Jahmere Irvin-Still who transferred from Mississippi State in the offseason.
Wyoming had a difficult first season learning a new style of football under first year head coach Craig Bohl and finished the season 4-8 (2-6 MW). Bohl only has 9 returning starters from last year’s team but should be able to put together a decent offensive if Cameron Coffman who transferred from Indiana can come in an immediately replace Colby Kirkegaard (57.4 comp %, 2660 yds, 12 TD). The Cowboys have a strong OL led by Chase Roullier and will return their top two RB’s in Brian Hill (796 yds, 7 TD, 5.5 yds/carry) and Shaun Wick (753 yds, 6 TD, 6.0 yds/carry). Wyoming averaged 23.5 ppg in conference play last year. On the defensive side of the ball the Cowboys have one DE in all of the Mountain West in Eddie Yarbrough however will need to depend on some young talent at the LB and DB position to hope and improve on the 32.4 ppg they averaged in conference play last year.
The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and the over is 7-1 in the Cowboys last 8 games overall.
Wyoming should be a bit better from last year if they can get some decent QB play and although their defensive will have some question marks, North Dakota is certainly no offensive juggernaut that they have to worry about. I think the talented Eddie Yarbrough and the Cowboys defensive line will cause North Dakota trouble all day. I’m going to wait to see what the line and O/U is for this one however, my initial thoughts as long as the line isn’t too large, is to go with the Cowboys.