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Howling With The Lobos: at Liberty preview

Get ready for some offense

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

What: New Mexico Lobos at Liberty Flames

When: Saturday September 28th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Coverage: Game will be televised on ESPN+ (paid subscription required). The Lobo Radio Network will have the coverage.

Series: This is the second all time meeting on the gridiron between the two schools. Last season was an offensive explosion in Albuquerque with Liberty collecting the win, 52-43.

What to Watch/Listen For:

Bob Davie Returns

Saturday will mark four weeks since Bob Davie’s health scare following the season opening win over Sam Houston State. Davie has been at practice numerous times over the last few weeks and feels good enough to make the trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. The Lobos were 1-1 under Saga Tuitele, who will return to his job as offensive line coach.

Somewhat of a homecoming

Offensive coordinator Joe Dailey returns to Liberty, a place where he was on the staff since 2012 through last fall. Dailey was the Flames’ offensive coordinator from 2016 until 2018. Dailey told the Albuquerque Journal this week of his upcoming return to Liberty:

“I’m not going back there with any animosity,” Dailey said. “I’m going back there to win a football game because I coach for New Mexico. These guys pay me. I have loyalty to coach Bob Davie and this football team. Nothing to do with Liberty. That contract has expired. I’m Team New Mexico.”

Elijah Lilly Out

Speedy wide receiver Elijah Lilly suffered a labrum injury last week against New Mexico State and will miss the rest of the season. Since he only saw action in three contests Lilly will get a medical redshirt and keep his eligibility from this season.

Secondary will have their hands full again

Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden has already been tough to slow down for the four teams that Liberty has played this season. Gandy-Golden has gone over the century mark in receiving yards in three of the first four games this season, and two receiving touchdowns in each of the last two contests.

That could spell trouble for a New Mexico defense that is allowing 404 yards of passing per game this season, and 11 passing touchdowns on the season. If the Lobos cannot slow down Gandy-Golden it may be in for another high scoring contest.

Prediction

The Lobos are underdogs heading into this game. Given the explosiveness of both offenses I expect a pretty high scoring affair, similar to last season’s contest. I think the Lobos have just enough firepower to get it done this season. Give me the Lobos 48 Liberty 45.