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Howling with the Lobos: New Mexico State Preview

Time for the Rio Grande Rivalry

New Mexico v Notre Dame Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

What: New Mexico Lobos vs. New Mexico State Aggies

When: Saturday September 21st, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Mountain

Where: Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque

Coverage: Game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (The old ROOT Sports Network). Game will also be on the Lobo Radio Network, flagship station is 770 AM/94.5 FM KKOB in Albuquerque.

Series: The Lobos and Aggies will meet for the 110th time on the football field Saturday. The Lobos own the lead in the series 71-33-5. The Lobos also won last season, 42-25, down in Las Cruces.

What to watch/listen for:

Still No Bob Davie

Head coach Bob Davie will not be on the sidelines once again for the Lobos as he continues to recover from his medical episode following the week one win over Sam Houston State. Offensive line coach Saga Tuitele will once again serve as head coach. Davie said he expects to be back on September 28th when the Lobos play at Liberty.

Tevaka Tuioti Will Start at QB

As expected Tevaka Tuioti was named the starter heading into this game. Tuioti saw his first action in the second half of last Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame. Tuioti was 6-for-13 for 132 yards in that contest.

Can the Lobos Defense Slow A Passing Attack?

The New Mexico Lobos have had trouble slowing down aerial attacks the first two contests; giving up 443 to Sam Houston State and 434 to Notre Dame. They might be able to hold down New Mexico State a little more as the Aggies have only thrown for 300 yards in a game once this season.

This very well could be the X-Factor in the contest this weekend. If the Aggies can stay within arms reach via the air, then anything can happen in the fourth quarter and usually does in the Rio Grande Rivalry.

New Mexico State Players to keep an Eye On

Josh Adkins will start at quarterback for the Aggies. He has faced stiff competition this season with Washington State, Alabama, and San Diego State. He has five interceptions on the season versus just two touchdowns.

Tony Nicholson is his top target. He has 16 catches this season for 162 yards but has yet to find the endzone. He could have a very big game given how horrible the Lobos pass defense has been so far this season.

Prediction

Throw the records out when these two get together. Both have played some stiff competition so far, more so the Aggies than the Lobos. This game will be a telltale sign of how the Lobos season will go. A loss in this game would spell big trouble for the Lobos and their chances of making it to a bowl game.

That being said I do like the Lobos in this one. They do have a ton of speed at the talent positions and, with Tuioti’s arm strength, should be able to stretch the field against the Aggies. I like a close one throughout with the Lobos pulling away in the second half to win 38-28.