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Bowl projections for Wyoming after nine games

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Sachse's field goal in OT leads No. 21 Broncos past Wyoming

Wyoming's Xazavian Valladay breaks away from a tackle attempt by Boise State's David Moa, right, during their game Nov. 9 in Boise, Idaho.

LARAMIE -- The overtime loss at Boise State was a tough one to swallow for Wyoming. The objective now, as senior linebacker Logan Wilson said, is to not let the Cowboys' disappointment linger into this week's preparation for Utah State.

"We can’t let Boise State beat us against Utah State," the Casper native said.

That's especially true considering Wyoming's primary source of motivation at this point. Winning a Mountain West championship probably isn't going to happen now that the Cowboys are two games back of Boise atop the Mountain Division standings -- the Broncos' lead is really three games with the head-to-head tiebreaker -- with three games left, but going to a bowl game for the third time in four years is still very much in play.

One of six MW teams that have already reached bowl eligibility, Wyoming needs at least one more win to feel good about securing a bowl bid. The possibility of becoming bowl-eligible is still there for four other teams. So with the MW only having five primary contracted tie-ins, the bowl picture is a jumbled mess heading down the stretch.

Here's a look at Wyoming's latest bowl projections.

Note: The Mountain West has contracted tie-ins with the Las Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico, Potato and Hawaii bowls. An asterisk indicates matchups in which Wyoming is being projected as a replacement should other conferences not fill their bowl allotment.

Yahoo! Sports

New Mexico Bowl vs. Marshall (Dec. 21 in Albuquerque)

Sports Illustrated

Potato Bowl vs. Toledo (Jan. 3 in Boise, Idaho)

ESPN

Potato Bowl vs. Miami (Ohio)

Potato Bowl vs. Buffalo

USA Today

Arizona Bowl vs. Arkansas State (Dec. 31 in Tuscon)

Sporting News

*First Responder Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (Dec. 30 in Dallas)

CBS Sports

Arizona Bowl vs. Georgia Southern

The Athletic

Arizona Bowl vs. Arkansas State

Stadium

*Armed Forces Bowl vs. North Texas (Jan. 4 in Fort Worth, Texas)

Athlon Sports

Arizona Bowl vs. Georgia Southern 

SB Nation

Arizona Bowl vs. Georgia State

College Football News

Hawaii Bowl vs. BYU (Dec. 24 in Honolulu)

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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