New Mexico vs. Boise State: Keys For Lobos Win, Odds, How To Stream
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WHEN: Saturday, November 11th – 7:00 pm PT/8:00 pm MT
WHERE: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
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RADIO: Boise State on KBOI 93.1FM/ KTIK 670AM
SERIES RECORD: Boise State leads the series 12-1, with New Mexico’s lone win coming in 2015. Boise State won last year’s matchup 31-14 in Albuquerque
LAST WEEK: Boise State lost at Fresno State 30-37, while New Mexico Lost to UNVL 14-56
The New Mexico Lobos (3-6, 1-4 MW) are eager to end their recent two-game losing streak as they take on the Boise State Broncos (4-5, 3-2 MW) this Saturday night.
The Lobos are currently in a slump, entering this game on a two-game losing skid. Their primary goal is to break this streak with a victory over the Broncos, aiming for their second win in the last four games and ending their struggles on the road.
New Mexico’s offensive statistics show they are averaging 30.1 points per game, with 225.6 passing yards and 167.4 rushing yards per game.
This Mountain West matchup is set to unfold at Albertsons Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 10 pm ET.
In their previous outing, the Lobos faced a tough 56-14 loss to UNLV, entering the game as 14.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the Broncos are coming off a closely contested 37-30 loss to Fresno State, where they were 2.5-point underdogs.
Historically, Boise State holds a dominant 9-1 record in their last ten meetings against New Mexico.
In their most recent outing, the Boise State Broncos came up short against the Fresno State Bulldogs, losing by a score of 37-30.
Meanwhile, the New Mexico Lobos suffered a 56-14 defeat at the hands of the UNLV Rebels in their last game.
Here’s a closer look at both teams:
New Mexico Lobos Preview:
The Lobos have had a challenging season with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-4 conference record. Their recent loss to UNLV was tough, with New Mexico trailing 35-7 at halftime and failing to mount a comeback.
They were outgained by a total of 416-362 and committed two turnovers in the game. New Mexico’s lone conference victory this season came against Hawaii, where they won 42-21.
Offensively, they average 30.1 points per game, with 225.6 passing yards and 167.4 rushing yards per game.
In the passing department, Dylan Hopkins has been the driving force for New Mexico this season, accumulating 1,836 yards through the air at an average of 204 yards per game.
He’s completed 138 of 234 pass attempts, resulting in 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In addition to his passing contributions, Hopkins has added 108 rushing yards on 43 carries and scored one touchdown on the ground.
On the ground, Jacory Merritt stands out as the team’s primary rusher, with 121 carries for an impressive 675 yards, averaging 73.8 yards per game and notching 12 touchdowns this season.
Devon Dampier has made his presence felt with 27 carries, accumulating 204 rushing yards at an average of 22.7 yards per game and contributing two touchdowns.
Jeremiah Hixon leads the way in the receiving corps with 355 receiving yards, averaging 39.4 yards per game, and securing 30 receptions along with five touchdowns.
Caleb Medford has had a solid season, amassing 327 receiving yards, averaging 36.3 yards per game, and hauling in 20 passes, including one for a touchdown.
D.J. Washington has been a reliable target, recording 26 catches for 324 yards, with an average of 36 yards per game, and finding the end zone three times this season.
New Mexico has struggled defensively, giving up 35.3 points per game. They gave up 56 points in their last game and will need a significantly better effort if they want to win this game.
Boise State Broncos Preview:
The Broncos hold a 4-5 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in conference play. In their previous game, they fell to Fresno State 37-30, unable to overcome a halftime deficit of 20-10.
On offense, Boise State averages 30 points per game, with 241 passing yards and 193.3 rushing yards.
Taylen Green has been the driving force for the team’s offense this season, amassing an impressive 1,142 passing yards, which averages out to 126.9 yards per game.
He’s connected on 52.9% of his passes, completing 83 out of 157 attempts, and has thrown for six touchdowns while encountering six interceptions.
In addition to his passing prowess, Green has also made his presence felt on the ground, tallying 266 rushing yards on 49 carries, and finding the end zone five times, resulting in an average of 29.6 rushing yards per game.
Ashton Jeanty, though questionable, has been a key contributor with 921 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, while Eric McAlister has caught 47 passes for 873 yards and five touchdowns.
Eric McAlister leads his team in receiving with an impressive 47 receptions, amassing a total of 873 yards and five touchdowns. He maintains an outstanding average of 97 receiving yards per game.
On the other hand, Stefan Cobbs has contributed 241 yards on 23 receptions and secured one touchdown, averaging 26.8 yards per game in his own right.
Top of Form/Bottom of Form
Defensively, the Broncos concede an average of 28.9 points per game.
As the Broncos aim to bounce back from recent defeats and the Lobos look to improve their conference standing, this Saturday’s matchup promises an exciting showdown on the gridiron at Albertsons Stadium.
The bottom line of the game:
The Broncos have been on a solid run lately, securing victories in four of their last seven games, including a notable three-game winning streak at home.
Their offensive prowess is evident, averaging a substantial 30 points per game. Their running game is among the nation’s best, complemented by an impressive passing game.
On the other hand, the Lobos have struggled to defend against the run, allowing over 187 rushing yards per game when on the road.
This vulnerability could pose a significant challenge in slowing down the Broncos in this matchup.
New Mexico’s recent record includes losses in four of their last five games, with two consecutive defeats on the road. Despite their ability to run the ball effectively, the opposing teams have held their passing game in check despite having high-explosive receivers.
Furthermore, the Broncos boast a formidable run defense, having held their last three opponents to under 70 rushing yards per game.
As a result, they will likely maintain control over New Mexico’s offensive efforts in this upcoming game.
If the Lobos can make a significant impact on the offensive side of the ball while effectively containing the Broncos’ running game, it could mark a turning point for Danny Gonzales’ coached team.
Addressing their early-game mistakes is imperative for the Lobos to secure a victory, and achieving a balanced performance is critical for their success.
The Broncos have experienced their fair share of imperfections this season, particularly when it comes to turnovers.
To achieve a winning record, they must either win their remaining three regular-season games or secure two regular-season wins followed by a successful bowl game appearance.
Both head coaches have faced criticism from their respective fan bases regarding the direction of their programs.
Boise State finds itself in an unusual position, lower in the Mountain West Conference standings at this stage of the season, while the Lobos have undoubtedly displayed improvement.
The key for the Lobos lies in delivering a well-rounded performance to emerge victorious on the blue turf.
UNM’s sole win against Boise State occurred in a remarkable 31-24 victory on November 14, 2015, under then-head coach Bob Davie.
Recapturing that magic will require a similar offensive output, reminiscent of quarterback Austin Apodaca’s big-play strikes and Jhurell Pressley’s 132-yard rushing performance.
Then Wide Receiver Delane Hart-Johnson, and running back Richard McQuarley were also guys who stepped for the Lobos to get this massive win.
However, today’s team features Dylan Hopkins, Jacory Merritt, along with receivers Jerimiah Hixon and Caleb Medford.
Bottom line, Lobo big play players must step in the prime-time game for the Lobos to have a chance of winning the game.