Defending "The War"
Wyoming returns to War Memorial Stadium in search of its first home win of 2018. The Cowboys, who lost their home opener 41-19 to Washington State, have only dropped their first two home games in a season twice since 1975 (2012 and 2015). Prior to their Sept. 1 loss to the Cougars, the Cowboys had only lost twice in their last 14 regular-season home games. Dating back to last season's defeat to Fresno State, Wyoming has now lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2015.
After a resounding win Aug. 25 at New Mexico State, the Cowboys now bring a two-game losing streak into their match-up with the Terriers. Wyoming hasn't lost three straight games in a regular season since late 2015. If the Cowboys lose Saturday, they will have gone at least one calendar month without a win, as their next game is Sept. 29 -- and a win won't come easily then, either, with Boise State coming to town.
SoCon ends non-con
Saturday's game brings Wyoming's 2018 non-conference schedule to an end. With a win, Wyoming would go 2-2 in non-conference play for the third consecutive season. A win would also give Wyoming its second consecutive non-conference slate without a loss to a non-Power Five opponent. With a loss Saturday, the Cowboys would finish with a 1-3 non-conference record for the first time since 2012. The 2018 Pokes would also become the first Wyoming team since that year to lose to a Football Championship Subdivision team but beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team in non-conference.
It's rare to be anticipating a bye in Week Three of the college football season, but this year's Wyoming schedule isn't a typical one. The Pokes began the season early with that Week Zero game against new Mexico State, which they were permitted to do because they play Oct. 6 at Hawaii. With that, Wyoming has two bye weeks, the first of which is next Saturday. The timing isn't awful for the Cowboys, as they're currently recovering from consecutive games against Power Five teams. The bye could give key players such as running back Nico Evans time to heal before beginning Mountain West play against Boise State.
Playing for home
With Hurricane Florence expected to hit South Carolina this weekend, the Terriers, who hail from Spartanburg, South Carolina, will surely keep their home state in mind as they play at Wyoming. Because of the hurricane, there have been schedule adjustments to multiple sporting events involving Wofford teams, including men's and women's soccer, volleyball, cross-country and women's golf. The Wofford football team was still expected to leave Friday morning for Saturday's game in Laramie.
As with last week's game at Missouri, this will be the Cowboys' first game against Wofford. In fact, Wyoming has only played two games against teams from the Palmetto State: a 20-14 win over Furman in 2001 and a 34-30 win over The Citadel in 2002 -- both at home. Those are also the only two previous games Wyoming has played against Southern Conference opponents. The Cowboys are 13-2 against FCS teams this century, having won two in a row. Craig Bohl beat Wofford in 2012 while at North Dakota State.