- Wyoming has beating Colorado State in the last three editions of the Border War
- Wyoming is 5-0 as favorites this season and is also 5-0 at home
- Rams wide receiver Warren Jackson will be key to dissecting a stoic Cowboys defense
The Colorado State Rams (4-6, 3-3 MW) take to the road on Friday night for a Mountain West showdown with the Wyoming Cowboys (6-4, 3-3 MW) at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie (9:30 PM ET, Nov. 21st).
The two teams are currently tied for fourth place in the Mountain division of the Mountain West behind Boise State, Air Force, and Utah State.
The Colorado State vs Wyoming odds opened with the Cowboys as seven-point favorites and that’s where the spread still stands.
Colorado State vs. Wyoming Odds
|Colorado State Rams||+7 (-118)||+210||O 51 (-108)|
|Wyoming Cowboys||-7 (-102)||-250||U 51 (-112)|
Odds taken Nov. 19
Wyoming currently leads the all-time series, 27-24, and has won the past three meetings. The Cowboys defeated the Rams, 34-21, in 2018.
111th edition of the Border War to kick off Friday night in Laramie
— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) November 19, 2019
Like many rivalries across college football, this one has a nickname: the Border War. The schools are separated by a mere 65 miles and the winner receives the Bronze Boot.
Tough Year for the Rams
Colorado State got off to a miserable start in 2019, losing five of its first six games. The lone win during that span was a 38-13 victory over Western Illinois, a team that is currently 1-10. Fortunately for the Rams, things have been much better recently as they’ve won three out of their last four games, all of which were conference wins. A loss to Air Force last week to snap their three-game winning streak.
✅ Warren Jackson joins an elite group at Colorado State
The CSU Biletnikoff Club welcomes @WideOutNation18
— Colorado State Football (@CSUFootball) October 30, 2019
The Rams have one of the top passing offenses in the country, ranking No. 12 in passing yards per game. Warren Jackson, a 6’6″ junior, is one of the top wide receivers in the country
Wyoming has Suffered Two Heartbreaking Losses Recently
The Cowboys began the season 6-1, including a win over Missouri of the SEC. Their first loss of the season was an ugly one, falling to Tulsa back on September 21. Wyoming was 6-2 heading into huge games against Boise State and Utah State. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they dropped heartbreaking one-possession games to both and were essentially eliminated from winning the Mountain West.
While Colorado State loves to move the ball through the air, Wyoming has an outstanding running game. The Cowboys rank No. 20 in rushing offense, averaging almost 220 yards per game. Their ground game is led by quarterback Sean Chambers and running back Xazavian Valladay. A fun fact about Wyoming: leading receiver Raghib Ismail Jr. is son of NFL legend Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
The Cowboys are currently a touchdown favorite and that’s been fairly consistent. At home this season, the Cowboys are 5-0, while the Rams are 2-2 on the road. Though the Cowboys have won the previous three meetings, Colorado State did win two of its previous three trips to Laramie. In three of Colorado State’s four wins, it was the favorite. The Rams have won once as underdogs, defeating Fresno State.
Wyoming has covered in six of its 10 games this season. As the favorites, the Cowboys are 5-0 on the season. In this game, considering it is also at home, Wyoming is the smart pick. The Cowboys have done a good job of covering the spread in several of the recent meetings between the two teams.
Pick: Wyoming -7 (-102) and under 51 (-112)
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