CSU taking Cowboys seriously

Updated: October 27, 2003, 9:27 PM ET

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Wyoming Cowboys may be in a 5-15 slump dating to last season, but Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick still considers next weekend's matchup a rivalry game.

"The fact is Wyoming is a big game for us," he said Monday.

"When I came here, it was Wyoming. Man, that's a game you had to win. And ever since then, I can't say things have changed. It's still important."

He rates Wyoming (3-5, 1-2 Mountain West) with CSU's intrastate rivalries with Colorado and Air Force.

"All three of those games are important to us, and we pour as much into this game with Wyoming and the Air Force game as we do the CU game," he said.

Colorado State (5-3, 2-1), a half-game behind Utah and Air Force in the Mountain West Conference, is preparing for the 95th edition of its "Border War" series with Wyoming. The two schools are only about a one-hour drive.

Colorado State leads the series 51-38-5 and has won four straight times.

Lubick is 8-2 against the Cowboys and has coached against three Wyoming coaches in his tenure at CSU, Joe Tiller, Dana Dimel and Vic Koenning.

He will face his fourth in Joe Glenn, who won a Division 1-AA national title at Montana and two Division II national championships at Northern Colorado.

"I like Joe, a guy I've known for 20 years," Lubick said. "(But) when you play the game, you don't know who's coaching, whether it is Joe Tiller, Vic Koenning or Dana Dimel. It's Wyoming-Colorado State."

Several injured players are uncertain for Saturday's game. Center Mark Dreyer could play after injuring his left hand against Air Force. The status of tight end Joel Dreessens and defensive end Bryan Save will be determined during the week.

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