Week 1 was pretty wonderful for both Wyoming and Nebraska, in different ways.
The Cowboys scored their biggest win in years with a third-overtime touchdown against Northern Illinois. This was one of the best moments of the season's opening week, regardless of the stature of the teams involved.
But the single best moment of Week 1 happened in Lincoln. In the summer, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a terrible car crash, along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The Huskers are not whole without Foltz around, and they signified as much by lining up in a missing-man formation before their first punt of the year. Fresno State, in a stroke of beautiful sensitivity and sportsmanship, declined the five-yard delay of game on the Huskers.
Sports can be pretty great sometimes, can't they?
The Cowboys and Huskers experienced a very different range of emotions last week, but both emerged from it 1-0. Now Wyoming visits Lincoln's Memorial Stadium in search of what'd be a significant upset. It won't be easy.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: Noon. ET, ESPN2. The broadcasters are Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline).
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Nebraska opened as a 24-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. It's the Bob Devaney Bowl! The legendary Nebraska coach won two national titles at Nebraska in 1970 and 1971, but before that, he was Wyoming's. Devaney got to Nebraska in 1962, before which point he spent six years at Wyoming. He was 35-10-5 helming the Cowboys, then 101-20-2 in 11 years in Lincoln.
2. Nebraska hasn't had much MWC trouble before. Not that a Big Ten team should be expected to lose much against a non-power league, but Nebraska is 35-2 against the Mountain West all-time. That record was once 5-2, but Nebraska's won 30 times in a row against the league.
3. Wyoming's Josh Allen looks for an encore. For his efforts against NIU – 19-of-29 throwing for 245 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions – Allen was the Mountain West's offensive player of the week. Nebraska's secondary has proven beatable but also dangerous with playmakers like safety Nate Gerry and versatile cornerback Joshua Kalu. They'll be a test for Allen, a sophomore.