New Mexico vs. New Mexico State: Game Preview, Kick Time, TV and Radio Schedule
The New Mexico Lobos square off with the in-state rival New Mexico State Aggies. Here’s how to watch and what to watch for.
The Lobos catch the rival Aggies at a good time.
WEEK 3: New Mexico Lobos (1-1) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (0-3)
WHEN: Saturday, September 15 — 6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT
WHERE: Aggie Memorial Stadium; Las Cruces, New Mexico (30,343)
TV: Eleven Sports/Fox Sports Arizona
STREAM: FuboTV (Try it for free)
RADIO: The New Mexico broadcast can be found in and around Albuquerque on KKOB, 770 AM, and elsewhere throughout the state on the Lobos Radio Network, so check local listings.
SERIES RECORD: New Mexico currently leads the series 70-33-5. In the last meeting on September 9, 2017, however, the Aggies defeated the Lobos 30-28 in Albuquerque.
It’s rivalry week in the Land of Enchantment, and both the New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State Aggies come limping, in their own ways, into the 109th iteration of a battle that dates back to 1894.
The Lobos are licking their wounds after an upset bid at Wisconsin fell short, having lost starting quarterback Tevaka Tuioti in the process for the foreseeable future. The Aggies, meanwhile, have had a rough start to their first year as an FBS independent, getting hammered by a combined 137-30 in their first three games.
You might have thought, however, that the Lobos had an advantage in last year’s matchup, too, but rivalries have a strange way of manifesting unexpected results: NMSU went to Bob Davie’s house and built a big lead before hanging on late for a close win.
Here’s what New Mexico can do to return the favor and beat New Mexico State on their home turf.
Three Keys to a New Mexico Win
Get Sheriron Jones involved early.
Before he was knocked out with concussion symptoms, Tuioti and the Lobos had a lot of success moving the ball through the air, even against a very good Wisconsin defense, completing 12-of-17 passes with three touchdowns in the first two games. The run-pass ratio was a lot closer than it was in the past, too, and it seems likely that they’ll make similar moves to get new starter Sheriron Jones comfortable.
It’s a reasonable strategy considering the Aggies have just three sacks so far this season on 87 opponent pass attempts. NMSU still has some talent in the front seven that could cause headaches — defensive end Cedric Wilcots II picked up a sack in his first start last week and is a name to watch — but the Lobos have done a good enough job keeping the quarterback upright, allowing just one sack thus far, to make leading with the pass a decent strategy.
Take down Matt Romero.
Here’s a quick trivia question: Which FBS team has given up the most sacks so far in 2018? If you guessed NMSU, you definitely know how to read cues.
The Aggies offensive line has had a rough September, and they flipped Sebastian Anderson and Isaac McClain from guard to tackle and vice versa to no avail last Saturday. Not only has NMSU given up 13 sacks, they’ve also allowed 28 tackles for loss which, needless to say, would be some kind of record if they can’t slow the pace. This is a huge opportunity for RUSH Jordan Flack, whose hit on Alex Hornibrook led to the defense’s biggest play of the game against Wisconsin last week, to step up and fill the stat sheet.
Avoid the killer turnover.
One of the big takeaways from last year’s game was that the Lobos buried themselves with four turnovers, leading to nine NMSU points, before Tuioti came off the bench and played well enough to mount a fourth-quarter rally.
The hope is that Jones can avoid more of the same. Last Saturday, he sailed a pass to Elijah Lilly that spoiled Evahelotu Tohi’s big interception return, but more reps as the undisputed QB1 for the time being should iron out those issues.