The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to CEFCU Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the San Jose State Spartans in a Mountain West Conference matchup. The Cowboys are 4-3 (0-3) this season and are coming off a 14-3 home loss to the New Mexico Lobos. Sophomore quarterback Sean Chambers finished going 11-of-23 for 96 yards with an interception. The Spartans are 4-4 (2-2) so far and are coming off a 27-20 road win over the UNLV Rebels. Sophomore quarterback Nick Nash finished going 17-of-28 for 213 yards.
These teams are struggling a bit in the conference so this game is a little more important than a typical game. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be leaning here.
Sophomore SlumpThe Wyoming Cowboys have been struggling a bit offensively but sophomore quarterback Sean Chambers has been a big reason why. Chambers currently has a putrid 29.1 QBR this season as he has a 50.6 completion percentage for 1,100 yards with six passing touchdowns and seven interceptions with his arm. In his last game against the New Mexico Lobos, he finished going 11-of-23 for 96 yards with an interception. Sean Chambers needs to step up and has thrown six interceptions in his last four games. If he can be a bit better, it will help them be better offensively.
The Wyoming Cowboys have been doing very well defensively this season as they are giving up 21.1 points per game. In their previous game against the New Mexico Lobos, they allowed 14 points on 259 total yards of offense (112 passing, 147 rushing). The Lobos were unable to convert first downs as they went 3-of-14 on third down and 3-of-4 on fourth down attempts. A big thing to look at is the fact that the Lobos went 10.2 yards per pass attempt. If the Cowboys' defense can continue to produce at this level, it will be a great spot for the program.
A Threat All OverThe San Jose State Spartans have been trying to improve offensively with sophomore quarterback Nick Nash under center. So far this season, he has a 63.1 QBR with a completion percentage of 57.3 for 788 yards with five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Nash also has two catches for 18 yards (9.0 yards per reception) and 42 rushes for 226 yards (5.4 yards per rush) with a touchdown on the ground. In his last game against the UNLV Rebels, he went 17-of-28 for 213 yards through the air and 17 rushes for 121 yards (7.1 yards per carry) with a rushing touchdown. If he can match that performance, it will do wonders for the Spartans.
The San Jose State Spartans have been doing pretty well defensively this season as they are allowing 22.8 points per game. In their previous game against the UNLV Rebels, they gave up 20 points on 335 total yards of offense (240 passing, 95 rushing). The Rebels did a good job of getting conversions as they went 10-of-18 on third down and converted their only fourth-down attempt. The Spartans did a good job defending the run as they allowed 2.4 yards per rush. If they can force some stops, they can win here.
- Wyoming: Cowboys are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Wyoming: Cowboys are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.