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Can Wyoming’s Offense Redeem Itself in Potato Bowl?

This was supposed to be the biggest year in the history of Wyoming’s football program. Instead, the highly regarded offense completely stalled out and the team wound up a pedestrian 7-5 overall. The Cowboys offense will try to rectify its issues and keep pace with the high-flying Central Michigan Chippewas in the Potato Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in Wyoming’s last 6 games.
  • Central Michigan is 5-0 SU and ATS in its last 5 games.
  • Central Michigan RB Jonathan Ward has rushed for 625 yards and 7 TDs in the last 5 games.

Wyoming’s offense has averaged just 20.7 points per game in the last six games – a number that is greatly inflated thanks to a 42-point explosion against New Mexico. However, the team has played its past two games without highly touted quarterback Josh Allen, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Allen will be back under for this game but will need to improve in his likely last audition for NFL teams, as the junior has completed just 53% of his passes in his past four. 

Central Michigan is not having this problem, as the Chippewas offense has averaged 41.2 ppg in the past five contests – all of which have been wins. The reason for this offensive explosion is the play of signal-caller Shane Morris, who has thrown 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions during Central Michigan’s five-game winning streak.

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Wyoming Cowboys Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Wyoming Cowboys have seen them go 7-5 and 7-5 ATS so far this season, while the Central Michigan Chippewas are at 8-4 and 7-5 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Chippewas are 6-5-1, while the Cowboys are 2-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Wyoming vs Central Michigan injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 56-rated Cowboys and the No. 65-rated Chippewas in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Wyoming Cowboys' No. 107-ranked offense (22.33 PPG) against a Central Michigan Chippewas defense that ranks No. 66 at 26.75 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 179.17 yards per game, less than the Chippewas give up through the air (188.17 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Chippewas feature the league's No. 94-rated road run defense, allowing 204.43 yards per game. Wyoming, meanwhile, ranks No. 118 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jonathan Ward tore up the turf for 159 rushing yards in the latest Chippewas game, a 31-24 win over the Huskies at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Kellen Overstreet tore up the turf for 139 rushing yards in the latest Cowboys game, a 20-17 loss to the Spartans at CEFCU Stadium.