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Fresno State-Wyoming Preview

 

No. 17 Fresno State (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West) at Wyoming (4-4, 2-2) 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Fresno State by 10.

Series record: The series is tied 4-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Fresno State needs to keep its record unblemished in order to remain nationally ranked and in contention for a BCS bowl and it needs to win decisively after falling one spot in the poll despite beating Nevada 41-23 the previous week. Wyoming is looking to end a two-game losing streak and keep its hopes alive for a bowl bid.

KEY MATCHUP

Derek Carr vs. Wyoming defense. Carr is among the top quarterbacks in the nation with a trio of big receivers to target. He broke Fresno State’s career passing record with 487 yards against Nevada last week and has already passed for 3,061 yards this season. Wyoming coach Dave Christensen fired his defensive coordinator and brought in Bill Young, a former defensive coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma State, as a consultant to help shore up the Cowboys defense, which has surrendered more than 50 points in each of the last two games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wyoming: QB Brett Smith. Smith trails only Carr in total offense in the Mountain West, averaging 349.8 yards per game. But Smith is dual threat quarterback, averaging 53.9 rushing yards a game.

Fresno State: RB Josh Quezada. Quezada rushed for 115 yards on 17 carries against Nevada. It was his first 100-yard game. Wyoming is surrendering an average of 236 yards per game on the ground.

FACTS & FIGURES

Fresno State has gained more than 500 yards in six games this season and at least 600 yards in three, including 647 yards against Nevada last week. … Wyoming’s offense is no slouch, averaging 516.2 yards per game, ranking it second in the Mountain West behind the Bulldogs’ 539.9 yards. … Carr has not thrown an interception in 183 passing attempts. … Wyoming has won all three previous meetings between the two teams in Laramie. … Fresno State is making its first trip to Laramie in 17 years. … Temperatures Saturday night are expected to be around the freezing mark at game time, which Wyoming hopes will help chill the southern California-raised Carr and his offense.

 


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