Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Mexico-Nevada

the New Mexico Bowl
Saturday, December 22nd, 4:30pm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico
(8-4)_____Mtn West____154.27
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
9Air Force233.04W, 34-3114Louisiana Tech-48.56W, 49-10
3@ Arizona69.56W, 29-2710@ New Mexico State-156.16W, 40-38
7@ Wyoming-10.46W, 20-35Nevada-Las Vegas-178.30W, 27-20
8@ San Diego State-84.17W, 20-178@ Utah State-209.20W, 31-28
11Colorado State-109.69W, 26-239Idaho-335.67W, 37-21
2New Mexico State-156.16W, 44-343Nicholls State-W, 52-17
13Nevada-Las Vegas-178.30W, 27-612Hawaii395.58L, 26-28
4Sacramento State-W, 58-07@ Boise State229.42L, 67-69
5Brigham Young341.36L, 24-316Fresno State151.92L, 41-49
12@ Utah213.09L, 10-282@ Northwestern30.45L, 31-36
10@ Texas Christian152.78L, 0-371@ Nebraska29.14L, 10-52
1@ Texas-El Paso-110.58L, 6-1013@ San Jose State-53.89L, 24-27

New Mexico has the edge in how much they've been tested, winning a good game vs Air Force, while Nevada hasn't beaten anyone of note.

Not too much difference in these teams' seasons - both started with a loss but have pulled themselves back up.

Intangibles: The game is basically a home one for New Mexico, which is good because the Lobos only lost one (to BYU) this season at home.

The Line: Nevada +3

The Story: New Mexico's leading rusher Rodney Ferguson and backup rusher Mike Love are both out for the game, and though coach Rocky Long says that plugging in Paul Baker will work just fine, I don't think it's going to be that simple. It might be just enough though.

The Call: New Mexico by 6

The Result: New Mexico 23-0 = Maybe it was that simple - Paul Baker racked up 167 yards rushing. Who knew? (Besides Coach Long, that is.)

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