Sean Chambers was named the starting quarterback for the Wyoming Cowboys last summer after being used in a complementary role the previous three seasons. The former three-star recruit has led the Pokes to a 4-1 record so far this year but is coming off a tough loss at Air Force where he went just 11 for 28 for 143 yards.
The NCAAF betting lines have the Cowboys as a 3.5 underdog at home this week when they take on Fresno State. After facing adversity for the first time this year, and now being an underdog at home, can the Cowboys quarterback bounce back this week? Let’s take a deeper look.
Sean Chambers Stats
While he doesn’t have the monster arm that former Cowboy and current NFL superstar Josh Allen has, Chambers has done a serviceable job through the years as the Poke’s quarterback. So far this season, he’s averaging 178.6 yards per game with six TDs to go with three interceptions. He’s also added 22 yards per game on the ground with three rushing scores.
While the numbers aren’t eye-popping, Chambers has done enough to get the Cowboys in the win column more times than not. Chambers has been cursed with the injury bug for a good portion of his career, appearing in just one game last season, and eight games in 2019, with both years cut short by season-ending injuries.
Fresno State Presents a Tough Challenge
The Fresno State Bulldogs had a three-game winning streak snapped a couple of weeks ago in Hawaii, so they will be looking to get back on track. Both the Cowboys and the Bulldogs already have a loss in conference play, making this game a must-win for both teams if they have dreams of a spot in the conference championship.
The Bulldogs should be well-rested after coming off a bye week, and they’ve had a lot of time to prepare for a Wyoming team that has yet to fire on all cylinders. Chambers and the Cowboys’ offense have a chance to put up points if they’re clicking, as the Bulldogs have surrendered 91 points in their last three games.
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Both teams should be amped up for this crucial Mountain West matchup with neither team looking to drop two games in a row at this point in the season. The Cowboys have an experienced team with plenty of talent, but they haven’t been able to put it all together yet, despite having a 4-1 record.
Although the Cowboys’ game plan doesn’t involve Chambers throwing the ball 50 times per game, he has still completed 15 plays of 20 yards or more on 126 pass attempts, good for 11.9 percent. Bulldogs QB Jake Haener airs it out a little more frequently, averaging 371.7 yards per game, with plenty of chunk plays of his own.
When the dust settles, I think this one ends up being a close one. For that reason, I like taking the 3.5 points on the Cowboys in a game that could go either way. Both teams will be looking to limit turnovers (which have been a problem recently) so I like a controlled game that goes sub-54 on the O/U as well.
Can the Cowboys Bounce Back?
This matchup has the makings of living up to all of the great games that we witnessed in Week 6. After putting up a dud last week, you’d have to think that the Cowboys will be fired up and looking to get it right this week. It won’t be easy, as conference games rarely are, but I think the experience of Sean Chambers will shine, and the Cowboys will prevail in a close one.
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