The Cowboys will look to start the season better than they ended it last year as a 4-1 start turned into a 1-6 finish. Part of the problem was a schedule that was bottom heavy with road games and Wyoming has always struggled away from Laramie as it has won only eight of its last 46 road games including seven of 29 in the Joe Glenn era.
The Cowboys do have a good home field edge especially in non-conference games where they are 6-1 ATS in their last seven.
Revenge is on the mind of the Bobcats as they head to Wyoming but getting that revenge on the road is a very difficult challenge.
The Cowboys won this game last season by a single point in Athens so with that, the thinking could be another close game is in store. That is not the case as that score does not tell the story.
Wyoming outgained Ohio 441-292 and more than doubled the first downs but the Bobcats were able to keep it close thanks to a 94-yard kickoff return as well as a 30-yard interception return.
One stat that jumps out was the rushing totals. Wyoming finished with 267 yards on 47 carries (5.7 ypc) while the Bobcats were limited to 37 yards on 33 carries (1.1 ypc) and I would not be surprised to see a similar disparity again this season.
The Ohio rushing game will take a serious hit this season with the loss of Kalvin McRae who rushed for 4,398 yards for the Bobcats over the last three seasons. Chris Garrett will take over for McRae and he had just 108 yards last season.
On the other side, the Cowboys bring in a superior rushing game and there is even better news with a new system. The Cowboys should fit into his system right away as it relies heavily on running the ball with a simplified playbook.
Reason being is that Wyoming brings back two solid backs in Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon as well as all five offensive linemen. The offensive line is ranked the second best in the MWC and is going to be able to knock around the Bobcats here.
The Bobcats finished 91st in rushing defense last season, allowing 186.4 ypg on 4.5 ypc and with an offense likely to be less productive, it will be up to the defense to improve and help carry the squad early on.
That could happen in some cases but not here. After allowing just 303 ypg and 18.1 ppg in 2006, the Bobcats gave up 407 ypg and 29.9 ppg last year.
Overall, Ohio once again brings back the fewest starters in the MAC and it is going to show its growing pains. The Cowboys know they escaped this meeting last season so they will not be taking the Bobcats lightly.
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