BYU (8-4) vs Wyoming (8-5)
It seems like Wyoming and BYU should play each other every year given their proximity to one another but that is not the case and this year the two teams will meet in the Poinsettia Bowl. Both teams have the high powered offenses associated with the Mountain region and both teams have played difficult schedules with a number of bowl eligible opponents.
When Wyoming Has The Ball: Brian Hill is the Cowboys best player. The junior running back has 21 touchdowns and 1700 rushing yards over the course of the season. Tanner Gentry put together a nice year catching passes from quarterback Josh Allen and his contributions have made Wyoming a dynamic offense. Fred Warner is the best player on the BYU defense contributing to the pass rush, running game, and pass defense with equal production. Sae Tautu is the Cougars best pass rusher and will need to generate pressure.
When BYU Has The Ball: BYU is a well balanced offense that is led by running back Jamaal WIlliams. BYU does not have a dynamic passing game but they do have a lot of options and the ability to stretch defenses to the limits of their personnel. They have 5 receivers with between 26-46 receptions. Andrew Wingard leads the Cougars in tackles and Marcus Epps has put together a nice season in pass protection for a defense that figures to be somewhat overmatched.
Prediction: BYU should have more talent, and certainly does on the defensive side of the football. That along with their balanced attack and ability to target Wyoming’s 7th and 8th defensive backs consistently make the Cougars the favorite. 45-44, BYU