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After one shocking Las Vegas Bowl win over an indifferent UCLA
team that lost its starting quarterback right off the bat, Wyoming
was suddenly everyone's "it" team. Head coach Joe Glenn was being
hailed as a rising superstar, the Cowboys were supposed to be a
threat in the Mountain West race.
We seemed to be the only ones who saw the potential for a mediocre
season predicting UW would go 5-6, and that followed with a
saturation bombing of anger from the rabid Cowboy fans that matched
all the passion of even the biggest SEC of Big Ten schools.
The fan base might not be huge, but it wants a winner and will go
nuts if Glenn really can turn this program around. Unfortunately, it
didn't happen last year, and it's not going to happen this season
thanks to the way the schedule plays out along with several major
issues on both sides of the ball.
Head coach: Joe Glenn
4th year: 15-20
22nd year: 173-79-1
Off. 19, Def. 24, ST 0
Lettermen Lost: 27
Best UW Players
1. SS John Wendling. Sr.
2. OT Chase Johnson, Sr.
3. RB Wynel Seldon, Soph.
4. LB Ward Dobbs, Soph.
5. RB Joseph Harris, Sr.
DT Mike Groover, Sr.
C Jason Karcher, Sr.
8. RB Ivan Harrison, Sr.
9. WR Michael Ford, Jr.
10. PR/WR Hoost Marsh, Jr.
at New Mexico
San Diego State
CFN Prediction: 5-6
2005 Record: 4-7
2005 predicted wins
at Florida L 32-14
at Air Force W 29-28
at Ole Miss W 24-14
at Colorado St L 39-31
Utah L 43-13
at San Diego St L 34-21
Winning away from Jonah Field has been tough for UW under Glenn with a
4-12 regular season record, and five of the final eight games this year
are on the road. That means the team will have to be nearly perfect at
home, but there will be nasty battles with Utah, Boise State and
Colorado State to deal with.
The team has an interesting mix of huge strengths and glaring
weaknesses. The backfield is loaded with three great running backs, but
the receiving corps is average at best and there's a four-way battle
going on to figure out who the starting quarterback will be. The
defensive line is one of the worst in the Mountain West, but the
linebacking corps in the new 3-4 scheme should be excellent. John
Wendling is one of the nation's better safeties, but corner will be a
big question mark.
There is speed in some spots and there is promise for the offense to
grow into an explosive force if everything breaks right, but can this be
a bowl team? Can Glenn pull the program up from its nosedive following a
brutal six game losing streak that closed out last year? It's possible
if there's a hot start because ...
Schedule: ... UW plays three home games in the first four and needs
to beat Utah State, Boise State and Air Force. A road trip to Syracuse
is a toss-up, and it has to be good enough to win at New Mexico to have
any dreams of a winning season. This isn't a good enough team to beat
TCU or BYU, so those games might as well be on the road. San Diego State
and at UNLV are very winnable.
Offensive Player: Senior OT Chase Johnson. The massive 6-8,
325-pound senior has grown into a solid all-around blocker who should
challenge for first team all-star honors. He leads a good starting front
five that should be the best yet in the Joe Glenn era.
Defensive Player: Senior SS John Wendling. The big, fast tackling
machine suffers from playing in the same conference as Utah's Eric
Weddle. At 6-1 and 222 pounds with sub-4.4 speed, he's a sleeper pro
prospect who'll get more and more attention as the year goes on from the
to a successful season:
Junior QB Jacob
Doss. He'll have to battle with Karsten Sween, Stinson Dean and Ian
Hetrick to win the starting job, but he has the most experience and
appears to be the most ready to step in for the Bramlet brothers who
held the gig for so long. Keeping interceptions to a minimum will be the
will be a success if ... UW gets back to a bowl game. If the team is any good, it
should beat Utah State, Air Force and San Diego State, and it needs to
win road games at Syracuse, New Mexico and UNLV. A big upset here or
there will also be a must.
Oct. 7 at New Mexico. With the Mountain West big boys still ahead,
Wyoming has to beat Air Force in the conference opener and come up with
a victory in Albuquerque to be a relevant player in the title race. Last
year the Lobos won 27-24 helping the freefall that was the disastrous
second half of the Cowboy season.
The Last Time
- Fumbles: Opponents 27 (lost 6) - Wyoming 15 (lost 13)
- Penalties: Opponents 87 for 667 yards - Wyoming 65 for 600 yards
- Fourth quarter scoring: Opponents 94 - Wyoming 55
…played in a bowl game…2004 (Las Vegas Bowl v. UCLA)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2005 (UL-Monroe)
…was shutout…2004 (Texas A&M)
…scored 50 points…2004 (UNLV)
…won a conference title…1993 (share, WAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2003 (Casey Bramlet)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…1998 (Marques Brigham)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Jovon Bouknight)
…had a first-round draft choice…1976 (RB Lawrence Gaines and DB Aaron