LARAMIE -- I knew San Jose State was good.

Walk-into-Laramie-and-punch-you-in-the-mouth good? Not quite.

That's exactly what happened during the Cowboys 33-16 setback last Saturday inside War Memorial Stadium. That was Wyoming's first conference loss. They can't afford another, especially this week.

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Last year we called the New Mexico matchup a "get well" week after consecutive losses to Air Force and Fresno State. The Lobos were fresh off a 36-7 trouncing at home, courtesy of Colorado State. Danny Gonzales' squad rolled up a grand total of 69 yards of total offense in that lopsided loss. Just 16 of those yards via the forward pass.

The Lobos were the sheep in wolf's clothing.

Or so we thought.

Wyoming turned the ball over twice, punted four times and turned the ball over on downs two more times in an embarrassing 14-3 setback.

So, per usual, we are all taking the Cowboys this Saturday in Albuquerque. Surely they can't lose to the lowly Lobos again, right?

Oops.

Fresno State, the favorite in the Mountain West, lost at UConn, burning all the pickers last week. Ouch.

For the first time this season, CSU didn't lose a football game. The Rams were on a bye. Jay Norvell will make his return to Reno Friday night. That should be a fun atmosphere.

Anyway, let's get back to this weekend's slate of games.

Here's what we're picking and the current betting lines:

Wyoming (-3.5) at New Mexico

Colorado State (+3.5) at Nevada

UNLV (+6.5) at San Jose State

Air Force (-10) at Utah State

Fresno State (+7.5) at Boise State

Hawaii (+21.5) at San Diego State

TCU (-6.5) at Kansas

Texas (-9) vs. Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)

Tennessee (-3) at LSU

Utah (-3.5) at UCLA

Arkansas (+9.5) at Mississippi State

Auburn (+29.5) at Georgia

 

Here are last week's records:

Doug: 9-3

DJ: 8-4

Mat: 8-4

Jen: 8-4

Christian Lasher: 8-4

Jared: 7-5

Cody: 7-5

Ron Weltmer: 7-5

 

Here are the up-to-date season records for the weekly panel:

Mat: 44-14

DJ: 44-14

Doug: 43-15

Jared: 42-16

Jen: 41-17

Cody: 40-18

 

This week we are joined by former Wyoming defensive lineman Jake Mayes and the President and CEO of Western Wyoming Beverages in Rock Springs, Sean Valentine.

Here's our best bet this week:

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