Wyoming vs. New Mexico - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico Lobos (1-2) at Wyoming Cowboys (0-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm (War Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +2.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Mexico Lobos will travel to War Memorial Stadium (WY) to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The New Mexico Lobos were able to hang around with the Arizona State Sun Devils early, but was outscored by a 24-10 margin in the second half and ended dropped to 1-2 (0-0 MW) after a 34-10 defeat. The Lobos had trouble generating much offense and were outgained by the Sun Devils by a 449-295 margin. New Mexico didn’t get much going through the air as QB’s Austin Apodaca and Lamar Jordan combined to complete just 12 for 29 passes for 111 yards and an INT. Freshman RB Tyrone Owens was one of the few bright spots for the Lobos offense as Owens gained 72 yards and a TD on just 4 carries. On the season the Lobos has been led by RB Jhurell Pressley (38 carries, 159 yards, 1 TD) and WR Dameon Gamblin (15 receptions, 230 yards, 1 TD). New Mexico is currently averaging 32.33 ppg and allowing 24.67 ppg but these numbers are inflated from their 66-0 victory against Mississippi Valley State to kick off the season. The Lobos have a decent defense which is led by one of the best LB’s in the Mountain West in Dakota Cox who led New Mexico with 12.9 tackles per game in 2014.
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Wyoming has gotten off to a nightmare start to their 2015 season as they fell to 0-3 on the season after being defeated 31-14 by the Washington State Cougars this past Saturday. Wyoming was able to get off to a promising start against the Cougars as they jumped to a 14-7 led after the first quarter, but was surprisingly shutout by a below average WSU defensive for the remaining three quarters. Wyoming was able to outgain the Cougars by a 409-378 margin but just wasn’t able to find end zone. Leading the way for the Cowboys was QB Cameron Coffman (25 for 36, 296 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) and RB Brian Hill (20 carries, 139 yards). The Cowboys got some nice performances by WR’s Tanner Gentry (7 rec, 127 yards, 1 TD) and Jake Maulhardt (10 rec, 113 yards, 1 TD). Wyoming has struggled on both sides of the ball early in the season as they are scoring just 18.7 ppg while allowing opponents to average 34.3 ppg. Wyoming will need find ways to get off to better starts as on the season they’ve been outscored in the first half by a 73-28 margin.
The Lobos are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Cowboys are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 1-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
New Mexico is 1-2 on the season and although they have a decent rushing attack and defense, they will continue to struggle finding wins until they can put together some sort of a passing attack. Wyoming has already suffered two terrible losses at home this season as they fell to FCS North Dakota in their opener and got destroyed by Eastern Michigan by a 48-29 margin in their second contest. Wyoming has a few good weapons in RB Brian Hill and WE Tanner Gentry however, outside of their first quarter against WSU, this team has looked absolutely loss this season so far. New Mexico has a solid rushing game and after coming as decent performance on the road at Arizona State, I think they’ll be able to cover this small spread against Wyoming. Take New Mexico to cover in this one!