San Jose State (3-3, 2-1 MWC) will once again see conference actions as the team looks forward to playing the Wyoming Cowboys tomorrow afternoon for the school’s annual Homecoming game. SJSU, coming off of its bye week, hopes to keep rolling as the team is riding a two-game win streak going into Saturday’s contest.
Spartans senior quarterback David Fales had his best performance of the season during SJSU’s last game against Colorado State in which he completed 28 of 35 passes for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Chandler Jones continues to be a consistent target for Fales in Noel Grisby’s absence, but the team may have found complementary playmaker in freshman Tyler Winston. Winston was the team’s leading receiver in each of the team’s last two games, recording at least 150 yards receiving and one touchdown in each match.
SJSU’s defensive struggles continue as the team is averaging 28.5 points allowed so far this season. Wyoming (4-3, 2-1 MWC) is averaging 35.4 points a game so far this season. If the defense is looking for a weak link in Wyoming’s offense, it may be its quarterback Brett Smith. Although Smith has already thrown for 16 touchdowns so far this season, there were only two games in which he has not thrown an interception – he threw two picks against Colorado State last week. Also, Wyoming only managed to score 22 points in the same contest as its defense gave up 52 points whereas SJSU limited the Rams to 27.
This game favors SJSU if we are to use both team’s matchups against Colorado State to compare the two, but don’t expect a blowout for either team. It wouldn’t be wise to sell short a Wyoming team that came up only three points short against No. 18 Nebraska earlier this season. Both offenses are capable of putting up a lot of points, both quarterbacks can throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns, and both defenses seem to be reeling. Expect another duel between quarterbacks in a contest that may come down to whomever doesn’t make the big mistake first.
Statistics compiled from ESPN.com.