MISSOURI over Wyoming by 10
Seldom have we seen the wheels come off a team as dramatically as they did last week at Wyoming. The Cowboys led 16-13 at halftime over a Washington State squad that was working in new starting QB Gardner ‘Ginsu’ Minshew when it all came crashing down. WSU scored on four of its five second half possessions while limiting the Pokes to a mere field goal in a did-that-just-happen 41-19 win. So after being held to just 206 yards of offense, Wyoming HC Craig Bohl lamented his team’s effort particularly being whistled for 109 penalty yards. “If you’re going to play against a good team, you just can’t shoot yourself in the foot,” said Bohl, “and I think we did that.” We can tell you for sure that Missouri is a good team. Head coach Barry Odom’s high octane offense has averaged 51.5 PPG in the Tigers’ last seven regular season contests, winning all seven on the scoreboard. Mizzou had plenty in the tank for its season opener against UT Martin, gunning down the Skyhawks in a 51-14 massacre. But as good as the offense is with QB Drew Lock calling signals (led the FBS with 44 TD passes in 2017), it’s the defense that keeps us up at night, one that’s allowed 32 PPG and 446 PPG the previous two seasons. We expect Bohl’s offense to dent that unit and keep the Cowboys close all night. Wyoming is on a nice 16-8 ATS run as dogs, including against .444 or greater foes, and we like defensive dogs taking doubledigits from weak defenses. Missouri’s sketchy 7-17 ATS mark as a favorite of more than 14 points seals the deal.