Show us your picks: Week 7
LARAMIE -- Welp, seven of us thought the Cowboys would take care of business in Colorado Springs.
Seven of us were wrong.
Seven of us also thought San Jose State would win its 10th straight game in Mountain West play. Colorado State hammered the Spartans in Fort Collins, 32-14.
Seven of us, for some reason, thought USC would dispatch of the Utes in Los Angeles. Once again, we swung and missed.
We all thought No. 10 BYU would run away with a home win over Boise State. We should've known -- you can never count the Broncos out.
We all thought Georgia would top Auburn and Nevada and San Diego State would roll to easy wins. That did happen.
It was a rough week for anyone not named Jason Straight, Mike Phillip or DJ Johnson. Congrats to our guest pickers. They were on.
Here's how we fared after last week's picks:
Jason Straight: 9-3
Mike Phillip: 8-4
DJ Johnson: 8-4
Kyle Sedar: 7-5
Jared Newland: 7-5
Mat Murdock: 7-5
Jen Kost: 6-6
Cody Tucker: 6-6
Here's how the yearly standings now look for us regulars:
I'm taking the Cowboys again this week.
After having one-on one conversations with Azizi Hearn, Jayden Clemons and offensive line coach, Derek Frazier, I'm confident that Air Force is in the rear-view mirror and these guys are very much motivated to prove they are still a favorite in the Mountain Division. If that's the case, this game is a must.
I know I'm not alone in feeling like the Pokes are 1-4, not the opposite. It's been a bizarre start to the season. Wyoming isn't alone in that regard.
Fresno State is coming off a bye week. Before that, it was a stunning 27-24 road loss at Hawaii that handed the Bulldogs their first conference loss and bumped them from the Top 25.
Quarterback Jake Haener, while still dynamic in the passing game, suffered a sprain to his right foot/ ankle on the islands. I have a hard time believing he will be 100% Saturday in Laramie. And you can only imagine that Garrett Crall, Victor Jones, Solomon Byrd, Jaylen Pate, and others, are eager to face a traditional passing team with plenty of opportunities to get to Haener.
Here are this week's Mountain West games -- and a couple of others -- and the money lines from BetMGM: (Subject to change):
Fresno State (-3.5) at Wyoming
San Diego State (-9) at San Jose State
Utah State (-7) at UNLV
Colorado State (-10.5) at New Mexico
Air Force (+4) at Boise State
Hawaii (+14.5) at Nevada
Oklahoma State (+4.5) at Texas
Arizona (+6) at Colorado
BYU (+6.5) at Baylor
Iowa State (-6.5) at Kansas State
Ole Miss (-2.5) at Tennessee
Kentucky (+22.5) at Georgia
We are joined by guest picker and former Wyoming cornerback, Robbie Duncan. He played in Laramie from 1996-99 under head coaches Joe Tiller and Dana Dimel. Duncan picked off six-career passes.
One of those came against Kevin Feterik in a win over No. 12 BYU back in 1999.
"Robbie Duncan is a stalwart, and as talented, with as good a knack for the position, as any defensive back I've been around,” head coach Dana Dimel said to reporters after that 31-17 victory over the Cougars.
Our other guest this week is a close, personal friend of mine from my stint in Michigan. Jason Knick, better known as "The Rube" on his sports radio show "Couch and The Rube," has kept a close eye on the Pokes since we met. He also loves to bet, which means he pays plenty of attention to the Mountain West.
Check out his show right HERE. It's always a fun one with Jason and my former Lansing State Journal colleague, Graham Couch. Give it a listen.
Here's our best bet this week: