New Mexico vs. New Mexico State: Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction
Rio Grande Rivalry
New Mexico State again…
WEEK 7: New Mexico (2-4) vs. New Mexico State (1-5)
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2022
TIME: 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MST
WHERE: Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, NM
WEATHER: 83° High & Low in evening 55 ° partly cloudy
TV: Flosports.tv, Bally Sports Arizona (Tape Delay)
RADIO: Lobo Radio Network
ANALYST: Robert Portnoy (play-by-play) & Dontrell Moore (Color)
SERIES RECORD: Lobos lead the series 73-33-5
LAST WEEK: Lobos lost to Wyoming 27-14; Aggies lost to FIU 21-7
ODDS: New Mexico +6.5
SP+ PROJECTION: New Mexico by 4
FEI PROJECTION: New Mexico by 10
The Rio Grande Rivalry kicks off this Saturday as the New Mexico Lobos (2-4) will travel down south to Aggie Memorial Stadium to take on the New Mexico State Aggies (1-5)
Both teams are coming off losses, but they will be looking to turn it around in this in-state rivalry game that promises to be very entertaining, given their history.
There is always plenty of fireworks when these two teams play, and we are not talking about those shot in the air!
The Lobos enter this game after losing to the Wyoming Cowboys, 27-14, in Albuquerque at University Stadium, and the Aggies coming off a loss to FIU 21-7
It’s been a repeat story for the Lobos the last few weeks on offense as they take the leads on the points early in the game but struggle in the second half to maintain the lead and score more points.
So much so that head Coach Danny Gonzales would make staff changes, relieving Offensive Coordinator Derek Warehime of his duties and job.
He promoted Quarterbacks Coach Heath Ridenhour, former head coach at Cleveland High school, to the interim Offensive Coordinator for the Lobos offense.
To say that he had success at Cleveland High School would be the understatement of the year; his teams put up big numbers at times averaging over 40 points a game.
In his 10 seasons at the head coach of Cleveland, Ridenour’s teams went 96-18 (a .842 clip), including an eye-popping 73-7 over the last seven years.
Six times his teams have averaged over 40 points per game, and four times the Storm led the state in scoring offense, including the past three years.
So, this will be very interesting to watch this Lobo offense, especially with all their weapons back from last week’s absence.
New Mexico State is 127th in FBS in total offense at 266 yards per game, and UNM is 128th with 260 yards per game
Danny Gonzales said he expects wide receivers Geordon Porter and Luke Wysong, running backs Sherod White and Christian Washington, and quarterback Isaiah Chavez to be available for Saturday’s game at New Mexico State
The five players sat out Saturday’s 27-14 loss to Wyoming for undisclosed disciplinary reasons that Coach Gonzales would not elaborate on.
Danny Gonzales has said schematic changes in the offense wouldn’t be dramatic.
Still, QB Kendrick said he’s expecting a more aggressive and creative approach to making opposing defenses react to the Lobos, not vice versa.
The New Mexico State Aggies are coming into this one after losing to Florida International University 21-7 last week.
The Aggies also struggled with the ball in their hands, as they couldn’t successfully move down the field from an offensive standpoint.
They finished that game with 221 total yards of offense. New Mexico State will have to be better on offense if they want to take down the Lobos in this one.
So, head Lobo coach Danny Gonzales Lobos will take on Jerry Kills NMSU Aggies for what should be a very entertaining game if one looks at the history between these two programs.