Week 8 Mountain West Conference Battle: Colorado State Rams at Wyoming Cowboys

brett smith-wyoming-2013Colorado St-Wyoming
Time: 2 PM ET, Oct 19, 2013
Spread: WYO -7
M/L: WYO -250; COL +210
O/U: 66.5

Odds courtesy of 5dimes

Wyoming is coming off a bye week but last week in play the Cowboys defeated New Mexico 38-31 to improve to 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cowboys have had no trouble generating offense this season, ranking 20th in the nation in passing yardage (310 per game) and 30th in rushing yardage (209 per game). The team has plus/minus of 12.7 and finds itself 7-point favorites against visiting Colorado State this week.

Brett Smith has been phenomenal at QB for the Cowboys this season. The 6’3″ junior has already amassed 1,854 passing yards and he’s rushed for an additional 422 yards (second on the team in rushing to only RB Shaun Wick). Smith has a nice cabinet of receivers with five Cowboys having at least 13 receptions on the year.

Colorado State is coming off a 34-27 loss to San Jose State last week and it marked their first conference game of the year. The Rams gave up 608 total yards offense to San Jose State and the Sharks converted 11 of 18 third downs, while also maintaining a 36:56 to 23:04 time of possession. The Rams will have to take charge and put the ball on the ground more to vary it up, as the team had just 137 rushing yards in the loss last week and ranks 77th in the nation in rushing yardage per game (155.8).

The Rams defense has been very poor this season and is allowing 32.5 points per game. In anticipating of this, college football oddsmakers set the total very high for this game at 66.5 points and it will be difficult for Colorado State to manage Wyoming’s high powered attack.


0-6 ATS in last 6 on turf; UNDER 4-0-1 in last 5 after accumulating more than 280 passing yards previous game; 5-0-1 ATS in last 6 following SU loss.


7-1 ATS vs teams with losing records; UNDER 4-1 in last 5 vs teams with losing records; UNDER 4-1 in last 5 in OCT.

Head-to-head: Home team 8-2 ATS in last 10; Rams 1-4 ATS in last 5 in Wyoming; Favorite 7-2 ATS in last 9.

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