2012 Wyoming Cowboys Football Preview
2011 Record: 8-5 (5-2 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Dave Christensen, fourth season (18-20 all at Wyoming)
Projected Returning Starters: 14
Spring Game: April 21st (Gold 20 Brown 7)
Notes: Coach Christensen came to Wyoming after having served as an assistant under Gary Pinkel at both Toledo and Missouri. In his later years under Pinkel, he was offensive coordinator, having been offensive line coach prior to that. After a disappointing season in 2010, the Cowboys improved to 8-5 last season, good for third in the Mountain West. Christensen’s offense relies on a quarterback who knows how to control the offense, as his offense is a no-huddle spread offense with a focus on passing.
BVTSB Take: With the addition of Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada to the Mountain West, each team will skip one opponent on its schedule. This year, Wyoming will not play Hawaii. Last season’s non-conference schedule was fairly manageable, as the Cowboys faced Weber State and Texas State, two FCS opponents, as well as Bowling Green, Nebraska, and Utah State. Wyoming beat the two FCS programs, beat Bowling Green by 1, and got shellacked by both Nebraska and Utah State. While Wyoming only plays one FCS opponent this season, Cal Poly, they also play at Texas and Idaho and home to Toledo. We don’t see any reason why Wyoming can’t be 3-1 in the non-conference. The front half of the conference schedule is tough, facing Nevada and Boise State and, what could be tough games, against Fresno State and Air Force. Quarterback Brett Smith, a true freshman in 2011, threw for over 2600 yards – he will return under center this season. He was also the leading rusher last season, but the Cowboys will have to replace their starting running back, as Alvester Alexander was lost to the NFL. Two of the top three wide receivers in 2011, Chris McNeill and Dominic Rufran, will return this season as well. Conservatively, we like Wyoming to return to a bowl game again this season.
2012 Early Projection: 7-5
To see the 2012 Mountain West composite schedule, click here.
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