Wyoming Boise St Football

Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay, right, runs past the Boise State defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

1. Wyoming must avoid the turnover bug that uncharacteristically plagued it against Utah State. UW came into that game with five total turnovers. The Cowboys turned it over four times alone in a 26-21 loss to the Aggies. That sort of performance won’t get it done against Colorado State, a team averaging better than 30 points per game.

2. The status of sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay appears optimistic, as Craig Bohl told the media earlier in the week that Valladay was not practicing due to a knee tweak but was “scheduled to go” for the Border War. Valladay notched his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game last weekend, and is the engine that makes the Pokes go. Colorado State has a great passing defense that comes at the expense of a bad rushing defense (206.7 yards per game). Valladay (869 yards) is Wyoming’s leading rusher, and without the services of running backs Trey Smith and Titus Swen (most likely), he is going to need to come up big.

3. UW has had problems giving up big plays to wide receivers this season. After seemingly solving the issue, it reared its ugly head again at Utah State, as the secondary gave up touchdown passes of 80 yards and 30 yards. Colorado State’s Warren Jackson and Dante Wright have a combined 1,671 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, and are as good as any duo in the country. The Cowboys need to avoid the mental lapses in the secondary that cost them against the Aggies.

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