Good afternoon, everybody! It's Air Force week, and that's always an interesting time for a Wyoming fan. Who has the first question?
Good to hear from you, Pokes. I think what we said during fall camp still holds true. Colby's success will be determined a lot by his offensive line. He's not a QB who can be hugely successful if he's not protected. If he has time to get comfortable, I think he has a better day.
Moreover, hopefully he learned from trying to force a few things in the opener. That's not something we saw him do -- albeit in very limited access -- during fall camp. Lights came on and he tried to do a little too much.
No on that, and that's a very good sign. The two guys that missed the end of Saturday's game, Claiborne and DJ May, supposedly practiced yesterday. They should be good to go.
That's pretty crucial for a Wyoming team that likes what it has among the starters but doesn't tout a ton of depth, except at RB.
Nah, he wasn't hurt. It looks to me like Devyn Harris has simply won the job. Didn't see Wacha very much on defense but he did play on special teams.
The good news for Wacha is that Wyoming has so many senior LB that even if he doesn't play a ton in '14, he should start the next two years pretty convincingly.
No stats, John. Rightly so.
Pokem, I don't expect time to be a huge factor. Yes, Air Force does everything very differently with the option, but Wyoming starts practicing for Air Force every fall camp
Plus, you look at nine returning starters and a ton of seniors on the defense, and they will know what to expect.
I still think six wins is a pretty good ceiling. Wyoming wasn't too impressive in the opener, but we knew that game would be close. The defense should be much improved this year. The issue is that the offense may be too one-dimensional, and Wyoming has such a touch schedule that it would be tough for any MW team to hit six wins and a bowl.
Pokem, I think Bohl would definitely be willing to give Thornton a try, but not on Saturday. We wrote a story about a month ago displaying that at NDSU Bohl pulled a senior QB for a less experienced guy multiple times. He's not afraid to do that at all. And Thornton really came on late in fall camp.
On that same subject Pokem, we've broken down the Kirkegaard film from the Montana game and will have a deeper analysis on his performance online tomorrow afternoon.
I think they believe in Colby and will give him time to settle in. But if he keeps throwing picks in the red zone, they won't stick with him all season.
Well, you get what the point of that is. Supposed to be about the team, not the player. Does that really matter today, though? I don't think it's a big deal regardless.
Might be a reason for a fan to print out a roster and bring it to the game, though.
I think they would like to. Typically at NDSU, Vigen's offenses would establish the run in the first half and set up some play action shots later on. Admittedly, they only took one shot against Montana. If Colby finds a rhythm, that number should increase.
Pokes55 makes a great point. Kirkegaard attempted only 5 passes that were intended for receivers 10-plus yards downfield.
Zack Wagenmann is excellent. Yes, it's an FCS team, but it sounds like he will definitely be drafted next year. Athletically, he's massive. He was working Connor Rains over. But Wyoming did a better job on him in the 2nd half.
Against those kinds of teams, Wyoming will need to stretch the field to keep them honest. Oregon and Michigan State are so athletic that Wyoming can't simply overwhelm them with the power run. Will have to work in vertical shots and probably a trick play or two.
Really hard to tell at this point. They beat Nicholls State pretty handily, but that's not much of a test. I think Wyoming should be able to control the line of scrimmage against AFA's undersized defense. The question is how Wyoming's D will handle the option and various offensive looks.
That sounds definitely off to me, considering Wyoming won by 33 last year, is playing at home and returns a lot of players. That doesn't sound right. I would think Wyoming would be the favorite.