New Mexico vs. San Jose State: Game Preview, Kick Time, Livestream, Odds, Prediction
There is just one game on Friday night.
New Mexico opens up league play.
WHEN: 10 p.m. ET
WHERE: CEFCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
STEAMING: FuboTV – Get a seven-day free trial
SERIES RECORD: Spartans lead the overall series 12-5-1
SPREAD: San Jose State -6.5
Don’t let this game between two traditional bottom-feeders push you away from watching this game between San Jose State and New Mexico.
The Lobos have an offense that is different and can air it out, well sometimes, with quarterback Tevaka Tuioti and going up against a team more on New Mexico’s level in San Jose State means that there should be some success for the Lobos offense.
Even with the competition being a touch lower, that does not guarantee Tuioti success. Against Liberty he was just 12 of 26 and while he threw for 355 yards against New Mexico State, Tuioti completed only 16 of 28 passes.
Those number could be an issue for the Lobos as the Spartans are above average in the conference and lead the Mountain West with seven interceptions.
Running the ball with Ahmari Davis might be the best option for New Mexico, and if they can get him going then the passing game should gain some ground. San Jose State is susceptible to the ground game as they are near the bottom in the league by allowing 4.48 yards per play.
As for the San Jose State offense, they begin with quarterback Josh Love who is getting better each year and is an underrated player in the Mountain West. He only has five touchdowns to one interception but he is completing 60% of his passes.
The Spartans don’t expect him to have an Arkansas-like performance each week with 402 passing yards, but getting near 300 would go along way to keeping the Spartans in more games. This matchup against the Lobos is one where that 300-yard mark can become a possibility.
If nothing else, this game should be competitive and that is what will make it interesting as these teams are still trying to build up their program to compete with the better half of the conference.