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Wyoming football hosts unbeaten Air Force on Friday in Mountain West Conference opener

Sept 10, 2022; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys linebacker Easton Gibbs (28) against the Northern Colorado Bears at War Memorial Stadium. (Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — After two straight home victories, Wyoming football is attempting to turn it into a trifecta.

The Cowboys (2–1) will take on Air Force (2–0) in each teams’ start to Mountain West Conference play at 6 p.m. Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. For those unable to make it to the game in person, the matchup will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

UW is coming off a 33–10 victory against Northern Colorado, which itself came a week following the Pokes’ thrilling double-overtime 40–37 win over Tulsa on Sept. 3. The Falcons easily dismantled Northern Iowa in a 48–17 season-opening win before walloping Colorado 41–10 this past weekend in Colorado Springs — a performance that saw them receive votes in the most recent edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Wyoming junior running back Titus Swen had a field day this past week against the Bears, scampering for 76 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as the main producer on the Cowboy offense. Junior quarterback Andrew Peasley, who transferred from Utah State in the offseason, has thrown for 430 yards, two touchdowns and an interception thus far this season, including 144 yards against Northern Colorado.

Sophomore linebacker Shae Suiaunoa and sophomore kicker John Hoyland additionally impressed, picking up the Mountain West’s Defensive Player and Special Teams Player of the Week awards, respectively, for their performances against the Bears. It was also Hoyland’s second consecutive week earning the award as he’s currently a strong 10 for 11 on kicking field goals this year.

Air Force almost exclusively runs the football on offense, but to great effect. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels has only attempted 11 passes (completing four) through two games, but the Falcons have nonetheless tallied an average of 508.5 rushing yards per game in the meantime as an incredible 18 different players have seen at least one carry.

Daniels, senior Brad Roberts and junior John Lee Eldridge III get the bulk of the work carrying the ball, with Roberts the team’s current rushing leader with 288 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. The defense has been solid in keeping teams out of the end zone as well, allowing 283.5 average yards off offense per game thus far this year.

Laramie is expected to see a high temperature of around 69 degrees for Friday with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms for the afternoon, per the National Weather Service station at the Laramie Regional Airport. Otherwise, conditions will be mostly sunny with a 15–20 mph wind gusting as high as 30 mph around game time.

The Falcons are currently (as of Wednesday afternoon) 15-point favorites to win on the spread with a current over-under total for the game sitting at 46.5 points, per Caesars Sportsbook. The Cowboys are +430 underdogs on the moneyline, while Air Force is -600 favorites.