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Josh Allen tosses 3 TDs in first half of Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen said he would not play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl unless he was feeling 100 percent. After 30 minutes of football in Boise, it appears Allen’s shoulder is doing just fine. Allen has thrown three touchdowns to help push Wyoming to a 27-7 lead at halftime over Central Michigan. Wyoming has also scored 10 points off two Central Michigan turnovers in the first half.

Allen may be heading off to the NFL Draft after this game, and his performance in the first half should ease a few concerns about his shoulder injury that cost him a couple of games at the end of the regular season. Though he has not been taking to the air for big plays, Allen has been pretty accurate with his passing. Allen was examined in the medical tent at one point in the second quarter, but any concern about a foot or ankle injury was calmed when Allen returned to the field without missing any playing time.

Central Michigan got on the scoreboard in the first quarter when Shane Morris completed a 40-yard pass to Jonathan Ward for a touchdown. The call was initially ruled dead at the two-yard line, but an official instant replay review determined Ward did not step out of bounds and awarded the touchdown following the review.

Wyoming is looking for the first bowl win for the program since the New Mexico Bowl in 2009. If the Cowboys hold on, this will be Bohl’s first postseason win with Wyoming and his first since leading North Dakota State to a third-straight FCS national championship game victory in 2013. Central Michigan’s last bowl win was in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl.

Is Wyoming QB Josh Allen the next Carson Wentz?

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In today’s world of college football coverage, there is no more flying under the radar like there used to be. If North Dakota State can produce the No. 2 quarterback in an NFL Draft, then why can’t Wyoming send its quarterback to the No. 1 overall spot?

This weekend, Josh Allen leads Wyoming into Big Ten territory for a road game at Iowa. Allen is widely being panned as one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation for next year’s NFL Draft, entering the same conversation as guys like Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen as a possibility for the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. A win this weekend against a defensively sound Hawkeyes squad would certainly help build his case to be the top pick, if not just the top quarterback selected by an NFL team next spring, but should you proceed with some caution drawing comparisons to Carson Wentz, the former North Dakota State quarterback who was chosen second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles?

Pete Thamel of Yahoo, during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, suggests you should probably pump the brakes on Allen.

Do you agree? If you do, what would you need to see to change your mind about Allen’s draft stock?

Davey O’Brien Award watch list highlighted by former finalists, semifinalists and SEC

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The Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback) took the spotlight in the ongoing college football watch list tour on Wednesday morning. A total of 30 quarterbacks were named to the initial watch list for the award, including six from the SEC along with a few potential Heisman Trophy candidates and a Heisman Trophy winner.

Highlighting the watch list are two finalists from last season; Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has been a two-time finalist for the award. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Washington State’s Luke Falk are also on the watch list and are each two-time semifinalists for the award. Joining them on the watch list are former semifinalists Jake Browning (Washington), Sam Darnold (USC), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)m and Wilton Speight (Michigan).

While the SEC led the way with six watch list players, the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 each had four players named to the watch list. The Big Ten had three, with Penn State’s Trace McSorley joining Barrett and Speight.

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson won the Davey O’Brien Award each of the past two seasons, becoming the second two-time winner of the award (Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003-04). A player does not need to be included on the watch list in order to win the award, but only quarterbacks from the 130 FBS programs are eligible.

2017 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Austin Allen, Arkansas
Josh Allen, Wyoming
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Jake Bentley, South Carolina
Jake Browning, Washington
Shane Buechele, Texas
Sam Darnold, USC
Eric Dungey, Syracuse
Jacob Eason, Georgia
Jesse Ertz, Kansas State
Luke Falk, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
Quinton Flowers, USF
Deondre Francois, Florida State
Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Daniel Jones, Duke
Tanner Mangum, BYU
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Trace McSorley, Penn State
Shea Patterson, Ole Miss
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Brett Rypien, Boise State
Brandon Silvers, Troy
Wilton Speight, Michigan
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
Mike White, WKU
Logan Woodside, Toledo

The Davey O’Brien Award will be trim its watch list down to a handful of semifinalists on November 7. Finalists for the award will be unveiled two weeks later on November 21, and the winner will be announced on December 7 at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.