This is a great weekend for college football and it came out with a bang on Thursday. As good as this week is, there is one game that seems to be slipping through the cracks getting little attention. Once Alabama-LSU is over, flip over to what should be the best quarterback duel of the weekend in Wyoming and Fresno State on ESPN2.
Derek Carr leads the potent and still undefeated Bulldog offense on the road to play against the Cowboys led by their incredibly talented passer Brett Smith. Smith is athletic and will run the ball but he can also throw it all over the field and is not afraid to take big risks, which gives them the potential to put up a ton of offense. Wyoming has a 3-1 record at home and even in their losses, they have managed to put up a ton of points, including going down to the wire against Nebraska.
Both of these quarterbacks should have bright futures projecting to the NFL, but currently, Carr is a dark horse Heisman candidate on a team that also has eyes on crashing the BCS as Fresno State is 8-0. The Bulldogs have had four games that have finished close with two of them going to overtime. Wyoming is the type of team that can keep up with them point for point in addition to getting this game at home, which makes it a tough matchup.
The game also features a pair of extremely talented wide receivers. Fresno State has Davante Adams, who is one of the best underclassmen in the country with a great combination of size, strength and power. Meanwhile, Robert Herron is an explosive vertical threat with hands and the ability to take the top of a defense. Fresno State boasts the 4th ranked passing attack and 8th ranked scoring offense in the country with 386.3 yards per game and 43.9 points per game while Wyoming ranks 20th in passing with 297.4 and 32nd in scoring at 36.5. Neither team brings a highly ranked defense.
This game has the makings of being a great offensive battle that could end up in the 40’s of 50’s for points with the winner being the last quarterback with the ball in their hands. Smith is on the map for the NFL Draft already, but this is the type of the game where he could really get attention while Carr has another primetime opportunity to show how good he is now but also what he can be at the next level. This should be a fantastic game for people who want to see two quarterbacks just light up the night.