While watching the Warriors dismantle the Jazz, a few thoughts on the Poinsettia Bowl that will make you sound very smart at the office this morning. No one wants to work on the Wednesday before Christmas, so if you aren’t shopping for gifts on company time, you might as well talk football. Please remember, no matter what color the jerseys are on the field, this game is about your team!
BYU Fans: Jamaal Williams should be able to pile up the yards on the ground. Tanner Mangum should complete passes at will (if the receivers hang on to the ball). The offense should move the ball and score points. Wyoming gives up almost 35 points per game (10th in the Mountain West Conference) and 464 yards per game (12th, dead last). If the Cougars don’t turn it over, they are going to score points.
Wyoming Fans: Josh Allen, the sophomore quarterback, is your best hope. He is a playmaker from Firebaugh, California. I lived in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Sacramento and I traveled all over the state. I had to look it up, never heard of it. It is 45 miles west of Fresno, in the middle of nowhere, but the Cowboys found him and they are glad they did. The sophomore averaged just 161 yards passing per game in the first seven contests, but in the last six games he has averaged 275 yards of passing. Allen loves to make big plays. He has thrown a 40 yarder in five straight games. He has 16 touchdowns in the last six games. He is also the team’s second leading rusher. The Cowboys go as far as Allen can carry them.
Utah Fans: The Utes have won 10 of the last 11 vs Wyoming and six straight vs BYU. The Utes are also 2-0 in the Poinsettia Bowl with wins over Navy and Cal. Ute fans probably won’t watch the game, they won’t admit it if they do, unless BYU loses big (which they won’t). But the Utes can feel very smug when quoting these stats to anyone who will listen in a half empty office. If no one will listen to you, then you should text these nuggets to your BYU fan brother-in-law.
Utah State Fans: Sure, the just-completed 3-9 season sucked. Aggies have gotten used to 30 wins in 3 years and five straight bowl games. But you can bounce back. Wyoming was coming off a 2-10 season and starting a sophomore quarterback who threw just six passes as a freshman. Hope springs eternal.