Wyoming Cowboys Need a Win in Regular-Season Finale to Become Bowl Eligible

Nov. 17, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowboys are looking for one more win in their regular-season finale at UNLV this coming Saturday to put them in a position for bowl consideration. The Cowboys enter Saturday's game with a 5-6 overall record, 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is 1-9 this season, and is still looking for its first conference win of the year at 0-6.

There is no television coverage of Saturday's game. The game will kick off at 2 p.m., Mountain Time from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Wyoming's last game played in Sam Boyd Stadium was of course the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl won by Wyoming 24-21 over UCLA.

With the new 12-game NCAA football schedule, a team must finish the season with at least six wins to be eligible for bowl consideration. The Mountain West Conference has four automatic berths in bowl games this season. The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (formerly the Fort Worth Bowl) and the New Mexico Bowl.

The MWC also is part of a coalition of conferences that has a tie to the Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas, but that is not an automatic berth. The Texas Bowl will pit either a Big 12 or Conference USA team against either a Big East or Mountain West team.

There are currently three MWC teams which have already earned bowl eligibility -- BYU (8-2 record), TCU (7-2) and Utah (6-4). Wyoming (5-6) and New Mexico (5-5) each need one more win, while Air Force (4-5) needs to win two of its last three games and Colorado State (4-6) needs to win both of its final two games to earn bowl eligibility.

Not only do the Wyoming Cowboys currently sit in third place in the Mountain West Conference standings behind BYU and Utah, but they have been one of the hottest teams in the conference down the stretch.

The Cowboys have won four out of their last six games and are looking to make it five of their last seven if they can gain a victory at UNLV this Saturday. BYU has been the hottest team in their last six outings, winning all six, followed by Wyoming and TCU (4-2 each), then Utah and New Mexico (3-3).

Saturday's game will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning one hour before kick off.