- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

San Diego State (9-3) at Wyoming (8-4, 6-2), Saturday 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: San Diego State by 7.

Series Record: Wyoming leads 19-17.


San Diego State is seeking its second consecutive Mountain West title and third in five years. This will be Wyoming’s first appearance in the Mountain West football Championship game and will be trying to win their first conference title since winning a share of the regular-season WAC Championship in 1993. The last time Wyoming won a conference football title outright was in 1988.


Defense, or lack thereof, has been an issue for both teams recently. San Diego State’s defense surrendered 56 points and more than 500 yards in a 63-31 home loss to Colorado State last week. Still, San Diego State has the No. 1 scoring defense in the Mountain West, allowing opponents 20.8 points per game. Wyoming’s defense allowed 690 yards, including 568 on the ground, in a 56-35 loss at New Mexico.


San Diego State: RB Donnel Pumphrey is third on the NCAA career rushing list with 6,180 yards. He needs 153 yards to pass Ricky Williams for second and 218 yards to surpass all-time NCAA rushing leader Ron Dayne. He is gaining an average of 159 yards per game this season, ranking No. 2 in the nation.

However, yards have been tough to come by the past couple of weeks for Pumphrey, who was held to 53 yards against Colorado State and 79 yards against Wyoming.

Wyoming: Cowboys RB Brian Hill ranks No. 5 in the nation in rushing yards per game with 139.5.


Since the teams have been members of the Mountain West, the team that has more rushing yards is 12-4 in the series. … Wyoming beat the Aztecs 34-33 on Nov. 19 when San Diego State went for the win and failed to convert a 2-point conversion with no time left on the clock. … Wyoming last played a home December game in 1902 when the Cowboys beat a Cheyenne high school team 18-0. … The forecast calls for temperatures in the 20s with winds gusting up to 30 mph.


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