BYU will play Wyoming in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl

BYU heads back to the Poinsettia Bowl and will take on Wyoming out of the Mountain West.

The location and conference has been known for a while about who BYU’s 2016 bowl opponent would be, but the exact team was not known until now. The Cougars will face a familiar foe as they take on former longtime Mountain West and WAC foe Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Cowboys are 8-5 this year and are going bowling for the first time since 2011 when they went to the New Mexico Bowl. Wyoming earned this bowl destination as they were the runner up in the Mountain West after falling to San Diego State in the championship game, 27-24. The Cowboys

Wyoming is led by running back Brian Hill who is one of the nation’s best running backs with 1,767 yards which is sixth in the nation and has 21 touchdowns. He also was first-team all-Mountain West this past year. The passing game is led by Josh Allen who was second-team all-conference, led the league in touchdowns with 26 and second in yards per game. Allen did have 13 interceptions and that is an area where BYU could take advantage of this passing attack.

The Wyoming defense lost three key players due to injury with defensive lineman Carl Granderson and Chase Appleby plus linebacker D.J. May. Those three were key in stopping opponents ground game, and the Cowboys will have their hands full trying to stop Jamaal Williams.

This Wyoming team will bring lots of offense to this game but their defense is solid as well with multiple defensive touchdowns and are plus-three in the turnover margin on the year which is just above average.

Date and time: Dec. 21, 7 p.m. MT


Streaming: WatchESPN

Location: San Diego, California 

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium

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