CSU v. Wyoming matchups

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Authors: Preston Cagle Joelle Milholm, Jon Pilsner

Quarterback:

How things change with one play. With junior Justin Holland out

for the year, the Rams turn to the dual-threat skills of true

freshman Caleb Hanie. Hanie has the talent, but not the experience

or practice repetitions. Expect mistakes. Wyoming’s Corey Bramlet

is a talented passer who will complete passes but not for many

yards. Bramlet gets the edge, and CSU will just hope Hanie can play

well early and avoid mistakes.

EDGE: WYOMING

Running Back:

The duo of Uldis Jaunarajs and Jimmy Green will be expected to

pull more weight now that the Rams can’t depend on Holland’s arm

for the bulk of the offense. Green is reportedly healthy and ran

hard against San Diego State. Wyoming also uses a duo of Ivan

Harrison and Joseph Harris to run the ball, and while neither has

big numbers, they’re both averaging 4 yards or more per carry. With

the inconsistency the Rams have had stopping the run, Wyoming gets

the edge.

EDGE: WYOMING

Receiver:

With Dave Anderson, John Walker and Joel Dreessen, the Rams have

a slew of talented players to assist Hanie in his growth as a

quarterback. Wyoming’s Dustin Pleasant and Jovon Bouknight lead the

Cowboys, but neither is as talented as Anderson.

EDGE: CSU

Offensive Line:

Wyoming has given up 15 sacks this year, and in the spread

offense, a sack is a momentum killer. The Cowboys average just 3.6

yards per rush. But, the bad news for CSU is the Rams have given up

17 sacks and averages just 2.5 yards per rush.

EDGE: Wyoming

Defensive Line:

Against SDSU, CSU’s defensive line showed up and played well,

putting pressure on the quarterback and stuffing the running game.

It also helped that CSU ran more blitzes, and if the team does the

same this weekend. It’ll be successful. Wyoming has eight sacks

this year, and gives up only about 3.6 yards per rush, but the

Cowboys gave up 5.4 yards per rush against BYU last week.

EDGE: EVEN

Linebackers:

CSU is coming off a solid performance in which the linebackers

blitzed and created scoring opportunities. Luke Adkins’ 71-yard

interception return is a boost to the linebackers and proof that

they can play well. Guy Tuell leads Wyoming, but beyond him there

isn’t too much. That is, before the secondary.

EDGE: CSU

Secondary:

CSU brings into the game four safeties who have played well this

season. With the chances of Ben Stratton’s playing time being

restricted because of a high ankle sprain, Travis Garcia will have

to fill in. Garcia did a solid job against SDSU. Both Adam

Lancisero and Miles Kochevar played well last week. Two of

Wyoming’s top three tacklers are in the secondary, with John

Wendling and Derrick Martin leading the way. Holland would have the

expertise and skill to exploit the Cowboy secondary, but Hanie may

make the defensive backs’ job easier.

EDGE: CSU

Special teams:

Jeff Babcock is a solid four-year starter and will make more

field goals than he will miss. He is averaging 42.3 yards per punt,

and he will be consistent. On the other side, Deric Yaussi is just

as solid, making 5-of-7 field goals from beyond 40 yards. Punter

Adam Brooks averages 43.7 yards a kick and has pinned opponents

inside the 20-yard line nine times this year.

EDGE: EVEN

PREDICTION:

CSU – 24 WYOMING – 21

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