Boise State vs Wyoming: TV Schedule, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 23, 2012

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 20:  Jay Ajayi #27 of the Boise State Broncos celebrates after a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels at Bronco Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The No. 21 Boise State Broncos (6-1) will head to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys (1-6) with the momentum gained from three-straight easy victories.

The Broncos had to deal with a lot of player transition this year, and they appear to be getting better as the season rolls along. They also appear too be way to much for the Cowboys to handle.

Wyoming is struggling. They've lost three straight and the last one was a 42-14 blowout to Fresno State. The Cowboys will also be without head coach Dave Christensen, who is suspended for this game (see more on that below). 


Where: War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming

When: Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS Sports Network 

Listen: Broncos radio network, Cowboys radio network

Betting Line: Boise State -16.5 (according to Bet Online on Oct. 23)


Key Storyline: Can Boise State find a way to impress voters? 

The Broncos have won six straight, and after suffering a second-half collapse and nearly losing to New Mexico four games ago, they have been dominant. Yet their ranking remains largely unchanged. 

There is not a lot this team can do to change that. They don't have the quality of opponents to boost their ranking. The only thing they can do is come out with the goal of not just winning but completely dominating. 


Who Might Not Play for Boise State

*Injury information according to USA Today on Oct. 23. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: Taylor Loffler, S (knee), Kyle Sosnowski, TE (undisclosed), Gabe Linehan, TE (hamstring)


Who Might Not Play for Wyoming

*Injury information according to USA Today on Oct. 23. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: Luke Anderson, S (undisclosed)

Out:  T.J. Smith, TE (personal), Zach Rushing, G (disciplinary), Devyn Harris, LB (undisclosed), Daniel Sullivan, K (illness) 

What They're Saying

 Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman has more on the Christensen's suspension. 

Athletic Director Tom Burman suspended coach Dave Christensen on Monday for his postgame tirade after an Oct. 13 game against Air Force. Christensen can’t participate in practice or visit the team facilities this week. The coach also was fined $50,000.

“Dave would be the first to tell you he lost it and said stuff that was inappropriate, and I think he went overboard,” Burman said.

Christensen confronted Air Force coach Troy Calhoun as the teams left the field after the Falcons’ 28-27 win. He was upset that Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz walked about 20 yards before taking a knee near the sideline — an act Christensen considered faking an injury. Dietz had lost his helmet on the previous play and by rule had to leave for one snap.

The injury timeout provided extra time for backup quarterback Kale Pearson to get ready. Pearson scored a TD on the next play and Dietz returned for the next drive.

It seems likely that the suspension was more about the post-game exchange caught in the below Youtube video. Caution, the video contains bountiful inappropriate language. 


Wyoming Player to Watch: Brett Smith, QB

Sophomore QB Brett Smith is turning in a solid year. He's passed 1,335 yards with 14 touchdowns to six interceptions. 

However, he suffered a concussion and was forced to miss Wyoming's game against Air Force. He returned last week and struggled against Fresno State when he completed less than 50 percent of his passes for just 158 yards. 

He will look to get back on track this week. 

Boise State Player to Watch: D.J. Harper, RB

Senior running back D.J. Harper is having an outstanding year. He has rushed for 608 yards which he's gained at an average of 4.8 per carry. He also has eight rushing touchdowns while adding another 97 yards and a touchdown receiving the ball. 

Harper has five touchdowns in his last three games. His workload varies greatly from week-to-week, but he is always an essential part of the Broncos' offense. 


Key Matchup: Broncos' Defense vs. Cowboys' Offense 

Boise State has been led by its offense as they have ascended to national relevancy, but this year's team is all about defense. 

The Broncos are sixth in the nation in points allowed. The stingy unit has pitched a first-half shutout in each of its past five games. 

Meanwhile, Wyoming is 81st in points scored, and they are coming off a game where they mustered just 14 against Fresno State. 

This offense needs to sustain some drives in this game, or it will be quickly reduced to a blowout. 


Prediction: Boise State 38, Wyoming 13

Wyoming is not going to be able to move the ball against the Broncos, and its defense will quickly wear out. This game will be all but over by halftime.