But like TCU, Wyoming will also be using a new QB this fall. They thought they had found their QB of the future in Austyn Carta-Samuels, who's name makes him sound like the adopted son of two lesbian sociology professors. But he chose to leave the program, as did his main backup. That leaves two true freshmen, Adam Pittsner and Brett Smith, to battle for the starting job. Junior running back Alvester Alexander had 792 rushing yards last year, but will have just one returning starter among the offensive linemen clearing the way in front of him.
The good news for Wyoming on defense is that all four starters return on the defensive line. The bad news? It wasn't a good defensive line. The Cowboys couldn't stop the run and barely put any pressure on the quarterback. Aside from the front four, only two other starters return.
Mother Nature could be a major variable with this game, since the Frogs will be heading to Laramie in November, when the average high temperature is 40 degrees and the average low is 14. On their last trip to War Memorial Stadium, the Frogs beat Wyoming 45-10 on November 21, 2009 with a game-time temperature of 30 degrees.