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Wyoming vs Fresno State Betting Odds - Lack of offense a problem for Wyoming in New Mexico Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/11/2009 2:49:17 PM

NCAA Football Odds: Pick Fresno State -10.5


football lines bettingThe Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds will kick off the bowl season. The Wyoming Cowboys don’t have much of an offense, and while they’re a feisty bunch, this could be a showcase for the Bulldogs and one of their offensive stars. Online betting cappers should stick with the Bulldogs, who have the better offense in this matchup.


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds: Fresno State -10.5
WHAT: NCAA football betting
WHEN: Saturday, December 19th – 2:30 PM ET
WHERE: Albuquerque, NM


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Wyoming Cowboys (6-6, 4-4) had a good year under new head coach Dave Christensen, and they’re happy to be bowling. They improved their turnover margin by +29 over last year, and for a team that plays lots of close games, that was enough of a difference to get them in a bowl.

For Fresno State (8-4, 6-2), sportsbook odds makers will see them in their second consecutive New Mexico Bowl. They’re in an interesting situation as head coach Pat Hill may be moving on to a different program. Even so, this team heads into the bowl on a high note with a crazy 53-52 win over Illinois.

Betting Edge: Even


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Cowboys offense is ranked 112th in the nation, which means they aren’t exactly a consistent unit. The Cowboys have scored 10 points or fewer in six games, all of which led to losses. In five losses, they didn’t even score an offensive touchdown. This team has preyed on opposing team’s mistakes more than creating its own opportunities.

Meanwhile, Fresno State may be sending junior running back Ryan Mathews to the NFL, as he’s had 36 career touchdowns with the program. He should find plenty of space against a defense that’s allowing just under 400 yards per game. The Bulldogs ranked 14th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 34.3 per game, and scored at least 30 points in 10 of their 12 games.

Betting Edge: Fresno State


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
NCAA football betting fans might be concerned backing the Cowboys in this game, even with the double-digit points. The Cowboys give up 395.6 yards per game and have problems stopping the run. They’re solid in the red zone, but Fresno State may make plenty of trips if they don’t plug the gaps.

The Bulldogs rushing defense is deplorable, which is what Wyoming will have to exploit to stay in this game. The Bulldogs are 111th in the nation in rushing defense, giving up 212.4 rushing yards per game. They’ve also allowed 21 points in nine of their 12 games. They will be evenly matched against a poor offense, though.

Betting Edge: Even


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries For Fresno State, Anthony Harding (knee) will not play in the bowl game.

For Wyoming, tight end David Tooley tore his ACL in the team’s last game. He was a key weapon for the team’s offense.

Betting Edge: Fresno State


Wyoming vs Fresno State betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Cowboys just don’t have the offense to keep up, and their defense isn’t good enough to keep Mathews under wraps. The Bulldogs will be held to field goals in their first couple of trips to the red zone, but after that they’ll start scoring from longer range. Mathews is bound to have a big showcase game here, en route to potentially help him with his decision to leave for the NFL.

BLAKE’S PICK: Fresno State -10.5


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