Wyoming Cowboys (1-1) vs Missouri Tigers (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Wyoming Cowboys vs Missouri Tigers
The Wyoming Cowboys will take to the road once again to battle the Missouri Tigers on 9-8-2018 for a week 2 college football showdown at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. The Tigers are fresh off a 51-14 home blowout of Tennessee-Martin in the opener as they would cover the spread (-35.5) while the over was the play with 59.5 points being set. Wyoming would go to 1-1 on the season after a 41-17 home blowout at the hands of Washington State on Saturday to where they would miss out on the cover (+3.5) while the over is 45.5 points was surpassed. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these two squads, however, both will be looking to either get back into the win column, or, maintain their momentum from their last stellar victory.
Wyoming Cowboys's Latest Performance :
The Cowboy D would allow the Cougars of Washington State 231 yards passing along with 47 yards on the ground with 15 first downs. Logan Wilson would have 7 tackles along with 5 assists to lead the unit while Marcus Epps would have 5 tackles total. Chavez Pownell Jr also would have 4 tackles and 3 assists in the loss. The offense would obtain 102 passing yards total while also having 226 rushing yards on 18 first downs as Tyler Vander Waal would go 21 of 42 for 204 yards and a pick. Nico Evans would be the star on offense as he would rush for 279 yards on 42 attempts with 3 TD’s, yet, the running back would be injured in the contest. Jevon Bigalow (24 rushes, 97 yards, TD) and Xazaian Valleday (21 rushes, 76 yards) would also pace the rushing attack. Austin Conway would have 5 catches for 34 yards while Tyree Mayfield and Rahjib Ismail Jr would combine for 8 catches for 70 yards total.
Missouri Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Tigers would go up 38-14 at the half en route to a big 51-14 win over the Skyhawks of Tennessee Martin last Saturday. The offense would rack up 394 passing yards along with 164 yards on the ground with 26 first downs. Drew Lock would have 289 passing yards with 4 TD’s on 19 for 25 passing while Larry Roundtree would have 58 yards on 14 caries with a TD. Damarea Crockett would also have 42 yards on 14 carries and a score as well for Mizzou. Emanuel Hall (4 rec, 171 yds, 2 TD’s) and Jonathan Johnson (4 rec, 39 yds, TD) would step up for the receiving corps in the win. The defense would allow the Skyhawks 183 yards in the air along with 94 rushing yards on 13 first downs as Cale Garrett would have 6 tackles and 2 assists to lead the D while Jacob Trump (3 tackles) and Khalil Oliver (3 tackles) would also step up for the unit.
How Wyoming Cowboys & Missouri Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Missouri is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
Wyoming is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Cowboys were embarrassed at home last week against a Pac 12 team in Wazzou. This week, they will travel to SEC country to face the Tigers, who are on a high after getting a big win over the Skyhawks last weekend. This will be an interesting game in that you have a stellar defensive unit for Wyoming looking to maintain its dominance over a Tiger team that would rack up well over 500 yards of offense in their opening week win. On the other hand, you have a Wyoming offense that ran all over what was billed as a run tough WSU defense in week 1, yet, the health of Evans will certainly be a factor moving forward. With the Tigers giving up less than 100 yards on the ground last week, it will also be interesting to see how the Cowboys are able to implement their running game against Missouri on Saturday, assuming their star will not suit up.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Wyoming Cowboys +17.5
My reason for the pick :
The Tigers should be given much credit for handling business against an overmatched Tennessee-Martin squad, however, the Cowboys will be ready to play after a game to which they would like to forget as soon as possible in their home opener. As stated, the running back position may become a huge issue as time goes on for the Boys, so, the Tigers may sneak out a win in the matchup, but not before they become very familiar with the overall toughness and talent that floods the Wyoming defense.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 52.5
My reason for the prediction :
Again, the Wyoming defense is very much talented, so, I would not expect the Tigers to gain as many yards on offense in this battle. On the other hand, the Cowboys offense is very one-sided as the QB position needs to get better. With that being said, I will back the under in this matchup as I feel that the Cowboys certainly have something to prove in losing big to the Cougars last week. It is for this reason that I expect them to come out controlling the trenches along with the pace of this game, thus allowing the under to be the strong play.
Betting trends for Wyoming Cowboys:
- Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. SEC
- Under is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Under is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 road games.
Betting trends for Missouri Tigers:
- Over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win
- Under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game