Fresno State at Wyoming: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Fresno State at Wyoming: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming Cowboys (4-1) vs Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium)

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The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Fresno State Bulldogs had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 27-24, this past Saturday. Fresno State looked like they had the game under control after 24 unanswered points gave the Bulldogs a 24-10 lead going into the 4th quarter, however, the Frenso State defense struggled down the stretch and Hawaii was able to take the lead for good on a 33-yard FG with 3:33 left in the 4th quarter. Fresno State outgained Hawaii by a 505-348 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 6-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Zane Pope who had 5 receptions for 113 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, Fresno State is averaging 39.0 ppg on 519.5 total yards per game (396.0 passing yds/g; 123.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Fresno State has been led by QB Jake Haener who has completed 69.5% of his passes for 2230 yards, 18 TD, & 6 INT. The top receiving threats for Haener and the Bulldogs have been Jalen Cropper (44 rec, 528 yards, 9 TD), Josh Kelly (29 rec, 461 yards, 2 TD), Keric Wheatfall (18 rec, 325 yards, TD), & Zane Pope (13 rec, 260 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Fresno State backfield has been Ronnie Rivers who has 420 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 91 carries.

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Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.5 ppg on 319.2 total yards per game (190.0 passing yds/g; 129.2 rushing yds/g).

The Wyoming Cowboys had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-1 on the season after being defeated by the Air Force Falcons, 24-14, this past Saturday. Wyoming struggled to get anything going on the offensive end against the Falcons and could not fight back after Air Force took a 21-14 lead on a 13-yard TD pass to the Falcons Micah Davis with 5:46 left in the 3rd quarter. Wyoming was outgained by Air Force by a 321-257 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cowboys was WR Isaiah Neyor who had 3 receptions for 55 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Wyoming is averaging 30.4 ppg on 345.8 total yards per game (178.6 passing yds/g; 167.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wyoming has been led by the RB duo of Xazavian Valladay (84 att, 436 yards, 4 TD; 8 rec, 131 yards) & Titus Swen (44 att, 216 yards, 2 TD). QB Sean Chambers has completed 54.0% of his passes for 893 yards, 6 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 111 yards & 3 TD’s. The leading receivers for the Cowboys have been Isaiah Neyor (16 rec, 282 yards, 4 TD), Ayden Eberhardt (16 rec, 210 yards), Parker Christensen (6 rec, 62 yards), & Treyton Welch (7 rec, 57 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Wyoming is holding their opponents to an average of 23.4 ppg on 332.0 total yards per game (171.2 passing yds/g; 160.8 rushing yds/g).

The Bulldogs are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 October games and 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Fresno State has an explosive offense, however, turnovers have been an issue as of late and going into Wyoming isn’t an easy challenge as the Cowboys have been outstanding against opposing passing attacks, ranking 12th in College Football. Wyoming has a solid RB in Xazavian Valladay that should have some success against the Bulldogs defense and as I think this game comes down to an FG late, I think the play here is to take Wyoming and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Wyoming Cowboys +3.5

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