University of Wyoming football hoping for a bowl bid

The University of Wyoming football team is on the bowl bubble, but Coach Bohl and players are confident that this team deserves an opportunity for postseason play.
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 12:09 AM CST
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming Cowboys finished the regular season 6-6 after a disappointing 38-14 loss against Hawaii, but six wins still qualify the Pokes for postseason play.

Head Coach Craig Bohl’s teams have been left out of bowl season before despite reaching the six-win threshold. The team did not receive a bowl bid after finishing 6-6 in 2018, which included a 4-0 stretch to end the season with bowl eligibility.

In 2021, Wyoming is one of 83 schools that are eligible for 82 bowl bids. The Cowboys and seven other Group of Five programs finished the year at 6-6 and find themselves on the bowl bubble.

One of those schools on the bubble is Ball State. The Pokes dominated the Cardinals 45-12 in Laramie in September, which was one of Wyoming’s most impressive performances of the season.

Bohl made his pitch for why his group deserves a bowl game opportunity on Saturday after the loss against Hawaii. “The Mountain West right now is the sixth rated conference in the country,” said Bohl. “We won all our non-conference games. We ran into a tough conference schedule.

“We’ve won six games. That qualifies us, and I think arguably the toughest league, maybe better than some of the other ones that are out there above us, and we won six games, and so I think I’m in hopes that whoever those decision-makers are in the unknown rooms look and say ‘It’s a heckuva league. Wyoming’s done some good things.’”

Bohl continued by saying he was “convinced” his team would bounce back and would like to play in a bowl game, too.

Cornerback Azizi Hearn and Linebacker Chad Muma echoed those sentiments.

“It’d mean a lot,” said Hearn about the possibility of ending the season at a bowl game. “I think you’ll see us go out and dominate a team like we should have done in a lot of our games, but that’s the past and we learn from it and keep it moving. It would mean a lot to every single one of us from the players to the coaching staff, so I think you’ll go out there and see us dominate a team bowl week.”

“I think that’s what everybody on the team wants right now,” said Muma after his final game at War Memorial Stadium. “I think everyone’s in hopes that we will receive a bowl game, and personally, I think that we will. I just have a feeling that we will. But I think everyone wants to play. I want to play another game and end on a high note.”

Bowl game announcements should arrive by Sunday after all of this weekend’s conference championship games.

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