New Mexico vs. Louisiana-Monroe prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the game between the Lobos and Warhawks.
New Mexico vs. Louisiana-Monroe Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Broadcast: ROOT Sports, Campus Insiders
The Lobos and the Warhawks enter Week 8 on a high note, both looking to amass a head of steam that ultimately leads to postseason eligibility. New Mexico delivered a potentially season-defining shocker on Saturday, stunning favored Air Force at the Cotton Bowl. Bob Davie’s kids are now 3-3, with a shot and the schedule to start a winning streak. Louisiana-Monroe also won last week, outscoring Texas State in Sun Belt play to snap a four-game losing streak. At 2-4, the Warhawks face a steeper climb toward that first bowl game in four years.
What To Know About New Mexico
As the ground game goes, so go the Lobos. And Davie wouldn’t have it any other way. Still, the coach would like more help for his backfield, namely from a defense that ranks 112th nationally in yards per play allowed. Plus, only a handful of option teams throw the ball fewer times than New Mexico, which will continue to lean heavily on the legs of QB Lamar Jordan and backs Teriyon Gipson and Tyrone Owens. The team is No. 2 nationally in rushing, and Gipson is averaging a staggering 13.5 yards per carry.
What to Know About Louisiana-Monroe
It’s been a trying first year in Monroe for head coach Matt Viator, who’s still getting accustomed to the personnel and the challenges up ahead. There’s cautious optimism that last week’s homecoming win over the Bobcats can serve as a turning point. The Warhawks received a spark from an unlikely source, backup QB Will Collins, who stepped in for the injured Garrett Smith to throw a pair of touchdown passes. The team also featured the 100-yard duo of Duke Carter and Ben Luckett on the ground. However, the D allows 5.6 yards per carry, troubling considering who’s on the other sideline.
Offense: New Mexico. Yeah, the Lobos are one-dimensional, but that singular dimension, the ground game, can be borderline unstoppable at times.
Defense: New Mexico. The Lobos get the nod by such a slight margin that it should not be construed as an endorsement. Both teams are extremely flimsy on defense.
Special Teams: New Mexico. There’s room for improvement in the punting game, but PK Jason Sanders has hit 6-of-7 field goal tries.
Coaching: New Mexico. Davie is a seasoned pro in the profession who’ll have a few wrinkles in store for Viator.
Intangibles: New Mexico. The Lobos are soaring after grounding Air Force, with a chance to climb above .500 for the first time since early September.
Matchup To Watch
Gipson and Owens vs. Louisiana-Monroe LBs David Griffith and Chase Day
Griffith and Day have been productive for the Warhawk defense, often out of necessity. This Saturday, they’ll need to string plays out and wrap up in space, because Gipson and Owens are gamebreakers, with the knack to squirt through creases and suck the life out of the opposition.
New Mexico vs. Louisiana-Monroe Betting Odds
Spread: New Mexico -12.5
Over/Under: No over/under as of post
New Mexico vs. Louisiana-Monroe Prediction
Will the Lobos be suffering from a hangover following the Air Force upset? Perhaps. But it’ll help to be back in Albuquerque to face a Louisiana-Monroe team that has massive holes on defense and concerns regarding the health of its quarterback. New Mexico will keep steamrolling downhill on offense behind the big-play ability of Gipson and Owens and the steady leadership of Jordan behind center. The Lobos will take another big step toward back-to-back bowl games for the first time in almost a decade.
New Mexico vs. Louisiana-Monroe Score Prediction: New Mexico 44, Louisiana-Monroe 26