Asking if Wyoming is a trap game is not usually a question Boise State fans would normally ask. I mean really, they finished last season 2-10, have not won a bowl game since 2009, and have only had three winning seasons since 2000. The Cowboys are not your typical conference power. So why even wonder if Wyoming is a trap game? Well, there are a few reasons.
Reason 1: Fast Cowboys
Wyoming is off to its fastest start since 2013. The Cowboys hold wins over Northern Illinois, UC Davis, Colorado State, Air Force, and Nevada. The Cowboys lost to Eastern Michigan by only 3 on the road. They also lost 52-17 to Nebraska. Despite the score, Wyoming gave the Huskers a game until an epic second half meltdown that featured 6 turnovers.
The Cowboys are also coming off a three-game win streak which includes a win over Air Force. The Wyoming defense held the Falcons rush attack to only 189 yards spread out over 5 players.
Reason 2: Bronco Hiccups
It is no secret that the Broncos have struggled this season. When a team refuses to give up, Boise State is good at letting them back in. Although undefeated, the Broncos narrowly escaped BYU last week and gave Washington State a chance to win. Conference opponents Utah State and Colorado State almost nabbed Boise State’s undefeated season away from them as well.
Of the seven games played this season, the Broncos have only been in total control over three of them. The Cowboys are a much better opponent than Colorado State, Utah State, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Expect Wyoming to ride their three-game win streak into Saturday’s showdown thinking upset, knowing Boise State can be made vulnerable.
Reason 3: Laramie
In the words of my good friend TB, “Laramie is a weird place.” With that said, can we all just take a moment to accept that Laramie is a tough place to play? The Cowboys are sporting the highest elevation football stadium in division 1 FBS football at 7,215 feet.
That is a whole 4,485 feet higher than Bronco Stadium. To put that in perspective for you, think Boise compared to Bogus Basin. If you don’t think that will affect the Broncos, then you’ve got another thing coming. Wyoming is also undefeated at home this season.
Reason 4: Invincible Cowboys (well….kind of)
The Cowboys are currently undefeated in Mountain West play and can take over the Mountain Division with a win on Saturday and become bowl eligible. After that, the only team that really stands in Wyoming’s way on their regular season schedule is San Diego State.
From here, the Cowboys can begin course for a 10 win season, a berth in the Mountain West title game, and a potential top 25 ranking.
With all that said, let’s hope our players are listening to coach Harsin when he says “1-0”. What are your thoughts, Bronco Nation? What other factors can you think of going into this game?