Cowboys have more than a chance in Iowa

Aug 29, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Few seasons in Wyoming Cowboy football history have been anticipated more than this one. It all kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Sleep in, grab a late breakfast, and listen to Dave Walsh describing the play-by-play action and Kevin McKinney providing color analysis. Can there be a better start to a weekend?

For those with access to the Big Ten Network, you can watch the game live.

There are so many great angles to this game and this season for Wyoming.

Top of the list is Wyoming's gun-slinging quarterback, who grew up playing basketball, baseball and football in a small California town about this size of Powell or Worland. Josh Allen worked on the family farm, took gymnastics lessons (he claims he learned to do cartwheels and back flips), and loves his family.

And he can throw a football 85 yards, is the Mountain West Conference preseason offensive player of the year and a quarterback many project will play in the NFL.

Also Saturday, the longest-tenured FBS head coach in the nation, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, now in his 19th season, will lead his Hawkeyes against the reigning Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Craig Bohl who, now starting his fourth season in Laramie, has endeared himself to Wyoming fans.

Wyoming beat two top-25 teams last year (San Diego State and Boise State) and so did Iowa (Michigan and Nebraska).

Wyoming also has junior strong safety Andrew Wingard, voted the Mountain West's preseason defensive player of the year.

When was the last time Wyoming had both the offensive and defensive preseason conference players of the year? Never.

Iowa features linebacker Josey Jewell, who has been named a 2017 Associated Press Preseason First Team all-American.

Wyoming and Iowa will be playing for only the third time in the two schools' histories. In addition to the one-point (20-19) win by Iowa in the 1987 Holiday Bowl, the two teams played back in 1953 in Iowa City in a game also won by the Hawkeyes by a score of 21-7.

Both Wyoming and Iowa received votes in the 2017 Amway Preseason Coaches Poll.

Sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson of Casper became the first Wyoming native to be voted a team captain since former Cowboy safety Chris Prosinski of Buffalo was named a team captain in 2010. Wilson becomes only the sixth sophomore in school history to be named a team captain. Former Riverton Wolverine Ryan McGuffey also was a sophomore captain for the Pokes.

If Allen can withstand pressure, and if Wyoming can stop an Iowa offense that some say won't need to throw a pass to beat the Cowboys, well, then, this may indeed be the start to a very special season.

Have a great sports week. Go Brown and Gold!

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