The Mountain West Conference championship game (7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN ) on Saturday is a rematch of a game two weeks ago where Wyoming held off San Diego State 34-33 in Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowboys will once again host the Aztecs at War Memorial Stadium and are about 2-1 underdogs according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI).
Wyoming is a charter member of the Mountain West, having moved from the WAC in 1999. The Cowboys are making their first appearance in a championship game in two decades. They played BYU in the WAC title game in 1996. The Cowboys have made an amazing turnaround from a 2-10 season in 2015, and they're seeking their first conference title since the 1993 season.
Wyoming is led by running back Brian Hill, who has 1,674 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, while wide receiver Tanner Gentry has added 1,132 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Josh Allen has thrown 23 touchdowns and has 2,748 passing yards with 11 interceptions.
With two games left, San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey is 100 yards short of eclipsing former Texas star Ricky Williams for second on the all-time rushing list. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne is the all-time leader, and Pumphrey needs 218 yards in the next two games to set the FBS all-time mark. Pumphrey has struggled lately, managing only 76 yards in the loss two weeks ago to Wyoming and a season-low 53 last week in a loss to Colorado State. Pumphrey is second in the nation in rushing with 1,908 yards and has 15 touchdowns.
The Aztecs are one win shy of posting consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time since the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons under Claude Gilbert and Don Coryell.