New Mexico Football: First Look At 2020 Schedule
What to expect in Danny Gonzales first year.
What will the Lobos record be?
What will the first year look like under 1st year coach Danny Gonzales?
The New Mexico Lobo football program took a major reboot with the hiring of Danny Gonzales from Arizona State, the first year will be interesting to see how it affects the program as a whole!
August 29: Idaho State
September 5: at Mississippi State
September 12: at USC
September 19: at New Mexico State
October 3: Massachusetts
October 10: at Colorado State
October 17: Nevada
October 24: at Utah State
October 31: San Jose State
November 7: at Hawai’i
November 14: Boise State
November 21: at Air Force
November 28: Wyoming
Baptism of fire early in the season
Can the Lobos with talent level from last year’s team be competitive with a tough schedule? Head Coach Danny Gonzales inherits over 30 seniors on the roster for this year’s Lobo football team and a hard schedule in the Mountain West Conference. If you are a half-cup full kind of person, that is a good thing as it could be 30 underclassmen but with not much game experience. With two road trips both Mississippi State and USC, it will be a baptism of fire very early in the season.
Rocky Long defense early should help them
Rocky Long has a long history in helping have an immediate impact on teams where has coached and the Lobos will really need a great defense will help benefit the Lobos in the Mountain West.
This should bode well for the Lobos with this schedule. There is no denying that nobody runs the 3-3-5 defense like Long. Danny Gonzales had tremendous success at Arizona State running this defense and both Long & Gonzales together will be a powerful coaching duo.
Not a lot of gimmes for this Lobo team
How many games can this Lobo team win is the million-dollar question this year. If you look at the established and quality coaching staff, it should really bode well for the Lobo football team.
Yes, the schedule is hard early in the season but what should give Lobo fans lots of hope is not only Coach Long, but the quality of coaches Gonzales has assembled on his staff. Offensive Coordinator Derek Warehime was a huge pickup for the Lobos. Warehime was a huge part of the very productive era of big play offense under then Offensive Coordinator Bob Debesse.
Hardest stretch: Mississippi State, USC, Boise State
Easiest stretch: Idaho State, New Mexico State, San Jose State
Guaranteed wins: Idaho State, New Mexico State
Guaranteed losses: Mississippi State, USC
Worse than 50/50 games: Air Force, Wyoming, Boise State
50/50 games: Massachusetts, Utah State
Better than 50/50: Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada
Preliminary projected record: 8-5