Yeah, considering that Smith broke Mountain West records for offense in that game, it definitely counts for something. But still, considering how experienced Wyoming's defense is and how most of them have played AFA three times, I wouldn't expect Wyoming to be fooled much on that end.
Plus, Air Force usually has the smallest D in the Mountain West. Wyoming should be able to pound the rock and wear them down.
73, that could be part of it. Hard to compare though, considering Montana was ranked #5 in the FCS poll and Nicholls was much, much worse. But I get your point.
Chase, it was a positive sign. There were a few missed tackles on bubble screens, but for the most part you saw guys running to the football and gang tackling. That's what the coaches preach.
Duck, I think the conditioning is much different than last year. Wyoming has been double repping in practice, which means two full teams are basically scrimmaging all the time. As a result, they are always moving. Seemed like Wyoming's conditioning was very good in the 4th quarter and they were able to grind Montana down. Wyo's OL told me they saw that the Grizzlies were tired at the end.
I saw both Burns and DeAndre Jones (#4) miss tackles. But like I said, those were pretty few and far between. Think they'll clean that up.
Yeah, Hardy has said he thinks all his years at DL really help him now. He knows what the DL is trying to do, and he's a pretty quick, physical kid. He'll start again this week.
Hardy will rotate in and out w/ Jake Jones at RG.
I think this is a good group, but still relatively inexperienced. The good news is they can grow with this new coaching staff.
Pokem, I'm sure they'll bring in their fair share. They typically had bigger guys at NDSU, and the depth at that position -- especially at tackle -- leaves a lot to be desired.
I'm expecting a pretty significant decline from last week, mostly b/c of the time. 8:15 kick. Most fans from across the state can't/won't drive to Laramie for that. Hope I'm wrong.
Actually, funny you ask. I think Montana's DL is better than Air Force's DL. There definitely not a guy like Wagenmann on Air Force. Colby should have more time in the pocket, if Air Force doesn't bring a ton of blitzes. They actually blitzed a lot last week.
I think they'll try to be more balanced, unless they are leading in the second half. Then they'll run it down Air Force's throat and try to kill the clock.
High of 68, chance of storms. So it will get a lot colder at night. You guys know how Laramie is.
Hopefully we stay dry after last week's two lightning delays.
Yeah, I like Wyoming's LB corps a lot. Three physical seniors with some speed as well. I don't think Stanton was terrible last week, but Nzeocha and Harris stole the show. All three are solid and will be counted on to stuff gaps against AFA.
Chase, some things lack explanation. Maybe Wyoming is trying to distract some people. Your guess is as good as mine.
Pokem, I covered Mizzou football in the SEC in 2012 before I came to Wyoming. And...agreed. There really is no comparison.
But when you don't have an 100,000 capacity stadium, it's not really going to be the same regardless.
Hard to tell, Pokes. Before the season I had heard that they were going to incorporate the passing game more. But last Saturday they only attempted six passes. Probably depends on the flow of the game, but it sounds like QB Kyle Pearson is somewhat capable.
Yeah. On the whole, I really, really like War Memorial Stadium and think it's a fun game day atmosphere. Of course, things can be improved. I think the tailgating is better set up this season. Some in-stadium things also might need adjusting.
I know Wyoming DC Steve Stanard uses the term "keep the cup" a lot, which is about positioning within the cover 2 and maintaining the correct pursuit angles. Is that what you heard?
If that scared Montana receivers, it's probably because they were about to get popped.