Wyoming vs. New Mexico: Keys For A Lobos Win
Can the Lobos stop the Cowboys running offense?
Will UNM’s ground attack keep on churning out yards?
WEEK 8: New Mexico (2-4) vs. Wyoming (4-2)
WHEN: Saturday, October 19 — 12:00 PM PT/1:00 PM MT
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium; Laramie, Wyoming (29,181)
TV: AT&T Sports Net
RADIO: Lobo Radio Network 77 AM/94.5FM
LAST WEEK: New Mexico loses to CSU at home 35-21
SERIES RECORD: This is the 72nd meeting. Wyoming leads the series, 38-33.
ODDS (via OddsShark): Wyoming – 19.5
SP+ PROJECTION: Wyoming by 16.1 (82% win probability)
Can the Lobos Offense and Defense show up against the Cowboys?
1. The defense cannot give up big plays & must play physical
The Lobo defense, at some point this year has to play with some pride and put together a game plan especially in the secondary, to be able to keep the game manageable.
The defense must keep the big chunk plays to a minimum. These 20 plus yard plus plays have hurt the Lobos as far as field position. The big guys up front are facing a very physical and smart offensive line that is well-coached) coach by former New Mexico Lobo player Bart Miller.
The Cowboys have injuries to two of their best blockers Eric Abojei and Alonzo Velazquez, which should affect the play-calling against the Lobos.
The Lobos must tackle well against the Pokes and expect quarterback Sean Chambers to run the ball a lot as he is averaging over six yards per carry, and also to consider is that Wyoming is a top 20 team in rushing in the nation.
Chambers is a redshirt freshman who plays like a senior as far as poise and confidence and is second only to Jalen hurts of Oklahoma for yards per carry.
The Lobo defense must match the physical intensity of the Wyoming Cowboys to let them know they are in a dog fight. You have to tackle or this could be a very long game and long trip back to Albuquerque.
2. The offense must execute and establish some rhythm move the chains
The Lobos big offensive line at some point this year must play physical and create some massive holes for you quick running backs to pick up chunks of yards.
All football games are won by the guys in the trenches, how about it for four quarters, play like your mother’s life depended on it.
As Bryson Carroll showed last week (rushing for 193 yards) if you give him just a little bit of daylight, it will be tough for secondary to match his speed in space.
New Mexico will have back their more bruising running back Ahmari Davis back, who runs for the sloppy yards between the tackles. Both are solid running backs.
The best way to keep Chambers & company from scoring against your defense is to stay on the field and move the chains.
The quarterback must lead and not give the ball up and throw accurate passes to the very good receivers on this team. The Lobos have all the weapons, great running back, speedy receivers, and line that rarely gives up the sack!
Can the Lobo quarterback play smart football, lead the offense, score points and lift this team in the scoring category?
3. Special teams have been a strength for this Lobo team
The Lobo strength this year has been its special teams play, especially regarding Andrew Shelley, the kicker and Tyson Dyer, the punter.
Talk about two guys who have shown consistent play in both kicking and punting for the Lobos. Having a good kicker & punters are huge assets to any football team.
The New Mexico kickoff and receiving teams must follow suit and make some big plays, like turnovers or how about a long touchdown run with great blocking.
The kickoff team must contain anyone running the ball and break blocks and make the tackle, a quick way on the road in a hostile environment to lose give up big momentum plays.
Special teams so often are overlooked as far as important to a football team until a winning kick or a punt that puts a team on their 3-yard line to give the defense a field position advantage over the offense.
There is something about special teams play at the right time and its ability to life a team and bring some competitive fire in a team.