Craig Bohl helped build an FCS dynasty at North Dakota State before leaving after the 2013 season to tackle the Wyoming job. A 4-8 first season in Laramie gave way to a 2-10 second year that had some whispering that Bohl might be out of his element at the FBS level.
With the 2016 season winding down, whatever whispers had existed have been silenced.
Friday night, Boise State lost to Air Force to fall to 6-2 in MWC Mountain play. In large part because of the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage for Wyoming, the 6-1 Cowboys have officially claimed the division title regardless of what happens in the game tomorrow against 5-2 New Mexico. While there would be a three-way tie between Boise, Wyoming and New Mexico if the Lobos drop the Cowboys Saturday, the Cowboys would have the edge based on divisional losses — they’d have one, the other two would have two each.
Add it all up, and Wyoming will be playing in its first-ever Mountain West championship game. Awaiting the first-timers will be San Diego State, the West division champ that will be playing in its second consecutive league title game. SDSU beat Air Force last year for the championship.
The site of this year’s title game is still to be determined. From the MWC’s release:
The 2016 Mountain West Football Championship will be played at the site of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee ranking or composite computer ranking. The 2016 site determination will be made Sunday morning, Nov. 27, utilizing the latest available computer rankings.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Wyoming is looking to sign Bohl to a contract extension.