Even their coach isn't sure how good the Wyoming football team is, but the final four games are sure to provide some answers.
The Cowboys have struggled against such lesser opponents as Weber State, Arkansas State and Temple. They squeezed past San Diego State 52-51 and had to mount a fourth-quarter rally to edge New Mexico 25-22. Still, they're 8-0 - the only major-college team to boast that ledger.Coach Paul Roach, who celebrated his 63rd birthday on Wednesday, doesn't feel the need to be defensive about his team's play.
"We don't make any apologies for our wins," Roach said. "Our players have nothing to do with the scheduling, which is done seven or eight years in advance. You win these games, there are no asterisks. A `W' is a `W.' We may not be a great football team, but we're getting it done."
The 18th-ranked Cowboys play at Texas-El Paso Saturday night, the first of four straight Western Athletic Conference games for the Pokes, three of which are on the road.
After UTEP comes a road game at Colorado State, then a home game against Brigham Young, and finally a trip to Hawaii.
UTEP brings a 3-5 overall and 1-4 WAC mark into the game. All three Miner victories have come at home after a season-opening loss to BYU. The Miners should have their two best offensive players - wide receiver Reggie Barrett and quarterback Howard Gasser - back from injury.
In other conference play this weekend, Utah is at Air Force and New Mexico visits ninth-ranked BYU. Hawaii entertains Pacific in a non-league affair. CSU and San Diego State are idle.
Hawaii (3-3) has allowed only four TD passes all season, but Pacific (3-4) is a prolific passing team and has scored 67 and 62 points the last two games. Pacific beat Fullerton St. 67-37 two weeks ago; Hawaii beat Fullerton 45-21 last week.