LARAMIE -- We didn't all pick the Cowboys last week.

A near loss to Montana State in Week 1 made some of us skittish -- Jen Kost and Mat Ozee.

Thanks to a 10-play, 75-yard drive with less than five minutes to go in DeKalb, Sean Chambers and the Cowboys pulled another game out of the fire late, knocking off Northern Illinois, 50-43.

What a game it was.

It had blowout written all over it after Chad Muma picked off a Rocky Lombardi pass and waltzed into the end zone all alone to give the Pokes a 42-16 advantage late in the third quarter. Four straight Huskies' touchdown drives later and the home team actually had the lead.

That was last week.

Now, Wyoming welcomes the defending MAC champion Ball State Cardinals into War Memorial Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

 

Here's how the records look from last week's picks:

Lindsay Bugas: 11-1 (Finished with the closest score: 31-18)
Kofi Shuck: 11-1
Jared Newland: 11-1
Cody Tucker: 10-2
DJ Johnson: 10-2
Kyle Sedar: 10-2
Jen Kost: 10-2
Mat Ozee: 7-5

Colorado State falling to Vanderbilt really hurt six of us. It didn't hurt emotionally, just our picks (wink, wink). Four of us picked Arizona for some idiotic reason. The Wildcats are now the proud owners of a 14-game losing streak, the worst mark in college football.

Well, it is now thanks to Vandy (wink, wink).

Here's our season standings:

Kost: 21-3
Newland: 21-3
Tucker: 20-4
Johnson: 20-4
Sedar: 20-4
Ozee: 15-9

 

Here are this week's Mountain West games -- and a couple of others -- and the money lines from BetMGM: (Subject to change):

Ball State (+7) at Wyoming

New Mexico (+30) at Texas A&M

Nevada (-1.5) at Kansas State

Colorado State (+14) at Toledo

Utah (-9) at San Diego State

Utah State (+8.5) at Air Force

Oklahoma State (+3.5) at Boise State

Fresno State (+11) at UCLA

Iowa State (-31.5) at UNLV

San Jose State (-7) at Hawaii

Alabama (-14.5) at Florida

Nebraska (+22.5) at Oklahoma

 

If you decide to throw a bet down with Bet MGM, make sure to enter the bonus code "CODYT100" for special offers if you are in Wyoming.

The rules here are simple: Who wins and what's the final score of the Wyoming game?

Joining us this week is a Cowboys fan behind enemy lines, Dana Dillon. She was a former track & field star at UW and lives in Utah. Dillon doesn't miss games in her neck of the woods.

Former walk-on Jim Talich is our UW football player picker this week. The Pine Bluffs native tallied 440 tackles from 1994-97, which was second all-time behind only Galand Thaxton. Andrew Wingard now sits in second with 454 stops. Talich now lives in Cody.

Nicolas Talich is following in his father's footsteps. He walked on to the Cowboy football team this season.

Without further ado ...

UW vs. NIU September 11, 2021