Attack The Opponent: New Mexico Lobos
In a normal season, New Mexico rarely registers beyond generic MWC opponent without a chance #7. However, they’re an option team, and last weekend managed to hang on through one of the ugliest games since opening weekend and beat Utah State.
Did you think we forgot, USU? Broncos don’t like losing, and we REALLY dislike losing to…losers. WTF, Aggies?
The stats proclaim that the Broncos likely will win. History says that the Broncos likely will win. The offensive trend, while not showing it likely that Boise State will do better than 705 yards of offense, does think its pretty likely that New Mexico won’t do better than 236.
Boise State – Inconsistent, but obviously improving. Not enough for MWC Player of the Week honors for any record breaking freshman quarterbacks though, apparently.
Comparing the last common opponent is pointless. It’s highly unlikely that Boise State will turn the ball over like they did vs. Utah State again, and also highly unlikely that this game is held under a cumulative 30 points. There are some things that should be taken under consideration though. First, it’s really nice for Boise State to be coming off a bye week, because completely healthy knees and ankles could be an issue after this game. Stupid option offense. Second, New Mexico has gotten better, and this is a team that pushed Boise State to the very edge last year. Their third down defense all of a sudden got amazing when it came to USU, holding them to 27% success on 4/17 attempts! With Boise State’s struggles on third down earlier in the season, it’s possible that this becomes an issue vs. the Lobos. Finally, New Mexico is capable of the type of big plays that make Boise State fans automatically go into a Thousand Yard Stare.
The horse does not know how to happy when an opponent is ripping off a 40 yard play through a defense that looks less like a Yates masterpiece and more like some injury-laden Swiss cheese.
New Mexico is finally an improved team. Boise State is still the cream of the Mountain West crop, and owe some of that to the Lobos. Hopefully high fives are enough, because if their reward is turnovers, we’re in for a very long evening. Luckily, the Broncos are on the Blue and they’re very good at protecting their house. They’re also as healthy as it gets in November, and hopefully come out fired up and ready to play. If all of those things happen, New Mexico is going to end up 0-7 all time against Boise and the world will remain in balance.