Team preview: Wyoming

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(All information as of June 20, 2007)


Wyoming coach Joe Glenn has likened his four-year tenure in Laramie to an old country dance, the two-step. Wyoming has shown a tendency to take two steps forward before falling back.

After four years of sometimes-painful building -- the Cowboys are 21-26 during Glenn's tenure -- the program could be ready to begin a more uninterrupted march forward. Last year's 6-6 finish isn't eye-catching, but if Wyoming has its first winning campaign since the 2004 team went 7-5 and won the Las Vegas Bowl, the roots of that success will be traced to 2006.

First off, last year's team deserved the MWC's fourth bowl bid, but a system that allows .500 teams to go to bowls obviously has holes. Despite finishing with an identical regular-season record as New Mexico, finishing a game ahead of the Lobos in the MWC standings and winning the head-to-head match-up, Wyoming's season ended in November. The Lobos "earned" a bid to the ticket-hungry New Mexico Bowl, played, conveniently enough, on campus at UNM.