Cowboys Football Scheduled Features 2 Power 5 Opponents
With the key members of a defense that led the nation in turnovers forced last fall, the Cowboys open the 2018 football season with a visit to New Mexico State on Aug. 25 and then have back-to-back games against Power 5 schools.
Washington State will be at War Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 for the Cowboys home opener and the next weekend the Cowboys will play the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Washington State’s visit will mark the second year in a row a Pac-12 school has come to Laramie. Oregon played at Wyoming last fall.
Wofford will fill the spot of the FCS opponent in 2018, visiting Laramie on Sept. 15. The Terriers are the defending Southern Conference champions. They lost to eventual national champion North Dakota State in the quarterfinals.
The Cowboys open MWC play on Sept. 29, hosting Boise State in a matchup of the last two Mountain Division champions. Wyoming earned the honors in 2016 and Boise State in 2017.
Wyoming’s defense will be led by senior All-America candidates Andrew Wingard, a strong safety, and Carl Granderson, a defensive end. Defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan returns aftr being a first-team All-Mountain West conference selection, and linebacker Logan Wilson is back after being second-team All-MWC.
The Cowboys defense forced 38 turnovers last year, and ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense at 17.5 points per game, 13th in pase defense (175 yards per game) and 23rd in total defense (335 yards per game).
Eigtht of the 11 starters on defense and nine of 11 on offense return along with both kickers.