New Mexico State vs. New Mexico: Game Preview, Kick Time, Livestream, Radio Schedule, Prediction
Rio Grande Rivalry is on the line this weekend.
Lobos looking for a win
WEEK 4: UNM Lobos vs NMSU Aggies
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: DreamStyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TV: AT&T Sports Network
ODDS: New Mexico -4.5
ESPN FPI Projection: New Mexico favored to win 75.6%
Last Meeting: 2018 New Mexico Lobos win 42-25
The battle of I-25, the New Mexico Lobos will clash against New Mexico State on Saturday at 2:30 at DreamStyle Stadium, in the annual Rio Grande Rivalry.
Bragging rights are on the line as these two teams will once again battle for the 110th time in history. The Lobos hold a 71-33-5 advantage in this long series over the Aggies from Las Cruces.
The Lobos are 40-14-3 at home against NMSU in Albuquerque. This series goes back 1-25 years to New Year’s Day, 1894, New Year’s Day for the first meeting.
The Aggies have beaten the Lobos two of the last three matchups with the Lobos defeating the Aggies 42-25 at Aggie Memorial in Las Cruces.
The Lobos have won five out of the last seven games under head coach Bob Davie. However, Davie will not be on the sidelines, with Saga Tuitele handling the game management and head coaching duties during the game on Saturday.
Davie told local media at his weekly Tuesday press luncheon that he felt great but will try and return to coach full-time next week as the Lobos prepare for Liberty.
“I feel like there are a few more things I need to do later in the week that will hopefully clear me 100%,” said Davie, adding “but I don’t want to start back and something happens that causes me to become a distraction again.”
When this two-team tango, whether in Albuquerque or Las Cruces, it so promises to be a dog fight.
One can look at these two team’s histories in previous games to see that it promises to be a great game. Many of these Lobo games over the years have gone down to the wire!
The Aggie faithful travel well in droves from Las Cruces just the chance to beat the Lobos at home. The bottom line is that these two teams do not like each other.
Tevaka Tuioti was named the starter for the New Mexico State this week by Davie.
Tuioti entered in the second half against Notre Dame and went 6-for-13 for 132 yards, stats that were hindered by two drops that were worth about 30 yards.
He is a blend of both the run and the pass, the knack to make plays. He is a blend of real duel threat. The Lobos are a much better offensive team when he is playing.
The game will mark the first time in Lobo football history that UNM will have started three different quarterbacks in the first three games of the season. Perhaps they have found it with Tuioti and he showed fairly well last week coming in relief in the Notre Dame game.
This game should be very entertaining at the very least if history once again repeats itself. These two teams do not like each other and the players on both teams leave it all on the field.