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University of Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay, center, breaks free to score a 61-yard touchdown during the Cowboys’ 37-31 victory over Missouri on Aug. 31 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Valladay rushed for 118 yards. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

Redshirt freshman Sean Chambers makes his fifth-career start for Wyoming, while Texas State isn’t sure on its starter and could play two quarterbacks today. Don’t think two is better than one in this case.

Advantage: Wyoming

Running backs

Texas State had only eight rushing yards last week, albeit against a very good Texas A&M defense. UW ran for 297 yards and three touchdowns. It will be a challenge for the Cowboys to run the ball well against a stout and experienced Bobcats defense, but there are four capable players who can run it.

Advantage: Wyoming

Wide receivers and tight ends

Seven of Texas State’s top pass-catchers return this season, and UW also returns its share of experienced players. However, neither group was outstanding last week. Chances are the Bobcats will put up more numbers due to their Air Raid offense.

Advantage: Push

Offensive line

Both teams return a good number of experienced players, but depth for both is suspect. One of the biggest surprises in UW’s win over Missouri last week was how the line played, not just in the running game, but also the fact it didn’t allow a quarterback sack.

Advantage: Wyoming

DEFENSE

Defensive line

UW operates out of a four-man front, while Texas State uses three. The Bobcats, who return 10 defensive starters from last season, have more experience, especially inside.

Advantage: Texas State

Linebackers

The strength of both defenses. This game features the two leading active tacklers in the Football Bowl Subdivision in Texas State senior middle linebacker Bryan London II and UW senior middle linebacker Logan Wilson. The players around those two are pretty good, too.

Advantage: Push

Secondary

Texas State has an edge in terms of starting experience at both cornerback and safety, but UW got great production from both positions last week.

Advantage: Wyoming

Specialists

More often than not, UW gets the edge here with senior kicker Cooper Rothe. Texas State is inexperienced at both punter and kicker. Both teams have good punt returners, and we may see how good both are in the kickoff return game, as the air will be thick with heat and humidity, which should lend to some returns.

Advantage: Wyoming

PREDICTION: Wyoming 27, Texas State 17

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