Show us your picks: Week 9
LARAMIE -- The Cowboys burned us yet again.
All eight of us thought Wyoming would snap a two-game skid against a downtrodden New Mexico squad that featured the 130th offense in the nation.
The Lobos strolled into War Memorial Stadium and took advantage of a pair of UW turnovers to walk away with the stunning 14-3 victory, their first in the last six outings.
Four of us again are taking the Pokes to pull off a win this Saturday in San Jose, Calif. After some off-the-record chats and some inside info, I am oddly confident in the Cowboys.
Then again, I might just be crazy.
Levi Williams was named the starting quarterback Tuesday afternoon, taking over for Sean Chambers, who was under center during the team's first seven games of the season.
Last fall, Williams was suffering from a serious right shoulder injury he sustained in a Week 2 win over Hawaii. The redshirt freshman also happens to use that arm to throw footballs. It showed.
I don't put much weight into those five-plus games during COVID hell. The passing game was all but non-existent with that lame shoulder, but Williams showed plenty of toughness, finding the end zone six times on the ground.
By no means am I suggesting you should risk your mortgage payment on the Pokes, but I'm riding with the visitors. They need a score -- any score -- early. Like, first drive.
Here's how we fared after last week's picks:
John Fletcher - 10-2
Mat Murdock - 9-3
Kyle Sedar - 8-4
Jared Newland - 8-4
DJ Johnson - 8-4
Branden West - 8-4
Jen Kost - 8-4
Cody Tucker - 6-6
Check out former Wyoming defensive end John Fletcher. That guy knows how to get to QB's -- and pick games, apparently.
Here's how the yearly standings now look for us regulars:
See ... never take betting advice from me. Ever.
Here are this week's Mountain West games -- and a couple of others -- and the money lines from BetMGM: (Subject to change):
Wyoming (+3) at San Jose State
UNLV (+20) at Nevada
Boise State (-2.5) at Colorado State
Fresno State (+1) at San Diego State
Hawaii (+5.5) at Utah State
Michigan (-4) at Michigan State
Texas (+2.5) at Baylor
Georgia (-14) at Florida (in Jacksonville)
Ole Miss (+2) at Auburn
SMU (+0.5) at Houston
Penn State (+18.5) at Ohio State
Florida State (+9.5) at Clemson
This week, Robert Herron joins us as a guest picker. I wanted to ask the speedy wide out to select some games this week for one reason -- remember what he did to San Jose State back in 2013? Pinned deep in their own end of the field, UW quarterback Brett Smith tossed a quick out to Herron.
He took care of the rest.
Herron burned the Spartans' secondary for a 93-yard touchdown, the longest pass play in school history.
We are also joined this week by local funny man, Brandt Tobler.
This comedian from Cheyenne loves his sports. In fact, he somehow, someway makes it into any game he wants. It's an unbelievable skill.
If you're in Las Vegas Dec. 6-8, go check out one of Tobler's shows at the Brad Garrett Comedy Club inside the MGM Grand.
Tobler and I were both on "Team Wyoming" this summer at an annual Celebrities Against Cancer softball tournament in Cody. It was a great event and Tobler, as always, kept us laughing well past closing time.
Have you ever seen a guy play softball with six Bud Lights in his glove? It's almost impressive as his streak of getting into games.
Check out Tobler right here:
Good luck, fellas.
Here's our best bet this week:
Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium
- Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium