LARAMIE -- Hey, it's been a while.

Welcome back.

For the first time in 651 days, there isn't a limit on the number of fans who will walk through the turnstiles at War Memorial Stadium. Damn, that's a good feeling, huh? Fans have been craving Cowboy football and the proof is in the number of tickets that have already been sold.

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A sellout? Yeah, that's a real possibility.

The last time Wyoming featured one of those was a decade ago when Nebraska rolled into town. This time around the Cowboys will battle their neighbors to the north, the Montana State Bobcats, to kick off the 125th season of football on the high plains.

The last time the Pokes played at home in front of a full crowd was Nov. 22, 2019. That was a 17-7 victory over Border War rival, Colorado State. The Bobcats, on the other hand, haven't played in a game in 622 days. COVID-19 wiped out their entire 2020 campaign.

Yes, this is the return of longtime Wyoming offensive coordinator, Brent Vigen, but it's mainly -- as Craig Bohl likes to say -- a celebration of simply playing the game of football. Bet none of us will take that for granted again.

Here, Montana or anywhere else.


* Pokes must be aware -- and beware -- of MSU's Troy Andersen
* Reunion between coach and recruit will be a unique one
* What did Brent Vigen learn from Craig Bohl? Believe
* Wyoming's staff sees bright future ahead for DeVonne Harris


Famous alumni

In this space, we like to point out some of the more well-known alums of the school the Pokes are facing.

We can start right at the top -- Joe Tiller.

Wyoming's former head coach was an honorable mention All-American at offensive tackle for the Bobcats from 1961-63. He also coached in Bozeman from 1965-70. While on the sidelines in Laramie, Tiller led the Cowboys to a 39-30-1 record, including a 10-2 mark in 1996, his final season at UW. He would go on to coach at Purdue from 1997 to 2008. Tiller led the Boilermakers to a Rose Bowl appearance in 2001.

Another former UW head coach, Dennis Erickson, also attended MSU.

OK, maybe that pick had some bias to it.

Comedian Craig Kilborn spent his college years in Bozeman. Actor Bill Pullman didn't go to MSU, but he did teach theatre at the school. Fellow actor and director, Peter Fonda, taught a film workshop there, too.


Drop by, say hi

The 7220sports crew will be hanging outside the Brown and Gold Outlet on the corner of 21st Street and Grand Avenue Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When you stop by to grab your "Stripe out" shirt, swing by our booth and grab some stickers and shoot the breeze. We will also be giving away some free tickets.

Those could be hard to come by.

Also, feel free to turn your radio dial to 1290 KOWB and check out our new 7220 Sports Kickoff Show. You can also find that on our free app.


Here is all you need to know about today's opener in Laramie:

WHO: Montana State (0-0, 0-0) at Wyoming (0-0, 0-0)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 75, low of 42, sunny, winds at 15 mph
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.
TV: None
RADIO: Cowboy Sports Network
STREAMING: Mountain West Network
TICKETS: UW Ticket Central
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Montana State
BETMGM ODDS: Wyoming -17.5, O/U 44.5
HISTORY: Wyoming leads the all-time series 13-6 (Last meeting: 21-10 Cowboys win in 2003)
HEAD COACHES: Craig Bohl / Brent Vigen

Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

Did you know it would take the populations of Gillette (32,857), Laramie (32,381), Rock Springs (23,319), Sheridan (17,844) and Wright (1,200) to create a sellout inside Michigan's famed 107,601-seat Big House, the largest college football stadium in the nation?

For those of you not familiar with the Cowboy State, those are Wyoming's third through sixth most inhabited cities, along with the small mining town in Campbell County.

- Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

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