Fresno State Bulldogs vs Wyoming Cowboys Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021
Venue:  War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY
Where to Watch:  Fox Sports 2

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Fresno -3.5, Wyoming +3.5; Over/Under:  55.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Fresno -3.5, Wyoming +3.5; Over/Under:  55.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Fresno -3.5, Wyoming +3.5; Over/Under:  55.5 points
 

Season Record

Fresno State Bulldogs:  4-2 (5th place, MW West)
Wyoming Cowboys:  4-1 (5th place, MW Mountain)
 
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Fresno State Bulldogs vs Wyoming Cowboys Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Fresno State Bulldogs:  lost on the road on Oct. 2 against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 27-24.
Wyoming Cowboys:  lost on the road on Oct. 9 against the Air Force Falcons 24-14.
 
 
 

Fresno State Bulldogs Analysis

Fresno State is coming into this game with a 4-2 record overall and they are 1-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are currently 1-1 in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against the UNLV Rebels while their loss came against Hawaii in their last game. They were on a bye last week so they have had an extra week to prepare for this game. They lost 27-24 in their last game going into the 4th quarter with a 14 point lead and letting Hawaii score 17 unanswered to win. Jake Haener kept pushing for the big plays but he struggled a lot in that game as he completed 18-50 passes for 388 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Ronnie Rivers led the team in rushing with 74 yards on 15 carries but they did not really get much of a run game going in that one. Zane Pope had a nice day as he led the receivers with 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions. Jalen Cropper had 73 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions while Josh Kelly had 60 yards on 6 receptions. Overall, it was a pretty good day for the receiving corps. LJ Early led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles. Kevin Atkins and Levelle Bailey both had a good game as well with 5 solo tackles each and Daron Bland was right behind them with 4 solo tackles. No one on the defense had an interception in that game while David Perales recorded the only sack for them. They have scored 234 points in their first 6 games averaging 39 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 135 points against them allowing 22.5 PPG. Their offense is averaging 520 YPG while their defense is allowing 319.2 YPG.
 
 

Wyoming Cowboys Analysis

Wyoming is coming into this game with a 4-1 record overall and they are 2-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 2nd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are already down with a 0-1 record in their conference games this season. That loss came against AFA in their last game losing 24-14 in a game where they never really had control. Sean Chambers did not play his best in that one as he completed 11/28 passes for 143 yards and 1 touchdown. Xazavian Valladay led the team in rushing with 96 yards on 8 carries but he was basically their entire ground game in that one. Isaiah Neyor led the receivers with 55 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions in what was overall, a quiet day for the receiving corps. Chad Muma led the defense in this game with 6 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones while C.J. Coldon and Rome Weber were both right behind him with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one each. Coldon also recorded the only sack in that game for the defense and no one was able to come up with an interception. They have scored 152 points in their first 5 games averaging 30.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 117 points against them allowing 23.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 345.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 332.4 YPG. 
 

 

Fresno State vs Wyoming Prediction

Fresno State is coming into this game as a 3.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings sportsbook. Fresno has a lot more weapons on their side to work with than Wyoming does. Wyoming started their season off great 4-0 but then lost their first game of the season in their last one and it was their first conference game too. It will be tough for them to get over that mental hurdle. Fresno is off a week of rest and has been preparing an extra week for this game. The best bet to place in this game is on Fresno State to cover the spread here.
 
Fresno State Wyoming Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Fresno State 41 Wyoming 28.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Fresno State Bulldogs: 41-46 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 89-100 ATS as a favorite. 113-117 ATS against conference opponents. 58-71 O/U as a favorite. 22-32 O/U as a road favorite. 70-89 O/U against conference opponents. 
Wyoming Cowboys: 46-39 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 100-93 ATS as an underdog. 78-73 ATS in home games. 102-123 O/U in all games. 39-45 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 62-86 O/U as an underdog. 45-54 O/U in home games. 71-82 O/U against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Fresno State Bulldogs:  None.
Wyoming Cowboys:  None.
 

Players to Watch

 
Fresno State Bulldogs: Jalen Cropper is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He did not lead the team in their last game as Zane Pope was the guy but he will be looking to change that in this game. Look for Cropper to get a lot of looks in this game as he is a playmaker and will find ways to get in the end zone.
 
Wyoming Cowboys: Xazavian Valladay is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a good game where he rushed for just under 100 yards but he was really the only thing they had going for them in that game. Look for them to lean on him in the running game again in this one as he gets a lot of touches and tries to find the end zone here. 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We had a chance to put them away and we didn't do that and they're still a good football team, especially here at home and those little things that we missed on in the past couple games that we got past, bit us in the butt today." - Kaleb DeBoer on his team’s loss to Hawaii in their last game.
 
 
“He started out, some of his reads were not the best, some of his balls that he threw were a little bit inaccurate. We’ve got to shake off the cob webs there. He does have a really good throwing motion, he is confident. … We’ve got to get Sean calmed down a little bit better. He knows it.” - Craig Bohl on how his starting quarterback needs to improve in their games so they can keep playing well and finish with a good record.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Fresno State Bulldogs
WR Wheatfall, Keric 
WR Kelly, Josh 
WR Cropper, Jalen 
TE Rodriguez, Juan 
QB Haener, Jake 
RB Rivers, Ronnie 
 
Wyoming Cowboys
WR Neyor, Isaiah 
WR Eberhardt, Ayden 
TE Welch, Treyton 
QB Chambers, Sean 
RB Valladay, Xazavian 
FB Christensen, Parker 

Statistical Leaders

 
Fresno State Bulldogs
Passing: J. Haener (2230)
Rushing: R. Rivers (420)
Receiving: J. Cropper (528)
Touchdowns: J. Cropper (9)
Sacks: A. Mosby (3)
Tackles: E. Williams (22)
 
Wyoming Cowboys
Passing: S. Chambers (893)
Rushing: X. Valladay (436)
Receiving: I. Neyor (282)
Touchdowns: X. Valladay (4)
Sacks: S. Byrd (2.5)
Tackles: C. Muma (33)
 
Coaches:
Fresno State Bulldogs: Kalen DeBoer (2nd season)
Wyoming Cowboys: Craig Bohl (8th season)
 

Weather Forecast

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Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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