Good radio segment, Mike.
Happy Friday, everybody! How's everyone doing? And who has the first question today?
Whoops, Wednesday. I'm already in East Lansing mentally.
My bad, 73. Not a great way to start the chat.
Thanks, Pokes. As far as injuries, right guards Sam Hardy and Jake Jones are both looking good to play this week. Jesse Sampson is day to day, but Bohl said yesterday he's becoming more doubtful.
Good question. I think mostly, they need to start by protecting Colby better. They have been able to establish the run early on, but have sputtered in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Teams are daring Wyoming to pass and Kirkegaard has taken too many hits.
If they can get the run going and then work off of that with bootlegs and play action, they'll be in better shape.
10, Vinyard. I was on the sideline for the 4th and 22, and everyone was leaving. For the turnover/Rufran pass to come together like that, i've never seen a combination like that.
But that's not all luck. The coaching staff has instilled a belief in this team that they will always come back.
I haven't been able to watch many practices, but Thornton certainly gets his share. The coaches are well aware of Colby's status and he's had a bruised back for 2+ weeks now. Thornton would be able to run the offense if called upon.
Yeah, but I think a part of it is defenses are blitzing a ton and Colby is holding on a little too long in some situations. His inner clock has to speed up a little bit. But again, defenses are guessing run at all times and daring Kirkegaard to get the ball out. He hasn't always been able to do that.
Also, Wyoming's offensive line was built to run a spread offense. I don't think these guys are necessarily built for pro-style and to have to protect in that kind of situation. They are adapting as best they can.
73, that's the big question and I'm not sure. Those guys are staying positive but plainly they have not been very effective. Surprising considering their amount of experience. The hope is that once they get one sack, the floodgates will open. But I don't think Wyoming's DL will be able to dominate Michigan State's powerful O-line on Saturday.
That's not a knock on Wyoming's D-line necessarily. They just may be overmatched against a bigger, stronger Big Ten O-line. We will see.
I think MSU's is bigger. And more so, they are experienced in that kind of offense. MSU has relied on the run game for years and those guys were recruited to be big, physical run blockers.
Yeah. Christensen may not have worked out here, but I maintain that he is a very good OC. That's not where he struggled most at Wyoming. Now that he has the personnel to run what he wants, he could have some success there.
They are not gargantuan numbers-wise. But with a Big Ten O-Line, you look at depth and experience as huge factors. Those guys have been in that system for 4+ years. Will be tough to dissect.
Vinyard, I think you're overestimating my pull haha.
But honestly, every team says they won't overlook an opponent like this. Oregon said the same, and they came out flat. Being Homecoming weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if the Spartans start slow.
Perhaps. Maulhardt has gotten decent targets thus far, but he has yet to really break out. I see Colby throwing fades to Maulhardt before every game. We've yet to see that called though.
With Maulhardt's 6-5 frame, you'd think he'd be a weapon in the red zone.
Maulhardt's just a sophomore though. He's still learning, just like everybody else. I think he'll get better as he goes along.