Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The New Mexico Lobos quietly had themselves a very strong campaign this season in the Mountain West standing 8-4 overall and 6-2 in league play. New Mexico played their best ball of the season over the final 2 months closing things out with an impressive 56-35 win against division champs Wyoming in their regular season finale. New Mexico had a slower start than they would have liked losing in September in the conference against New Mexico State an Rutgers on the road. The Lobos came on strong leaning on their ground game which ranked number 1 in the nation averaging 360.9 yards per game.
Texas San Antonio is trying to build up their program in CUSA getting to a level of consistency where they can compete for a bowl bid on a regular basis. UTSA came through in a must win situation in their last outing beating Charlotte at home by a final of 33-14. The Roadrunners won 3 of their last 5 games with their losses coming as expected on the road against Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M. What was impressive was UTSA was able to give Texas A&M a run on the road losing by a final of 10-23. The Roadrunners don’t really standout in any one category, but the team was able to settle on a QB as Dalton Sturm threw for over 2,000 yards while throwing 18 TDs to 5 INTs.
New Mexico gets the home field advantage more so than UTSA in this one playing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lobos played some great ball over the final two months of the regular season and it’ll be interesting to see how the Roadrunners are able to handle what was the top rushing attack in the nation. We like for the Lobos to come through in their home state as they go on to win and cover the spread.
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