MIS­SOURI over Wy­oming by 10

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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.

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