Preview 2017: Can New Mexico Ever Win Mountain West?
It’s working under Bob Davie, but can New Mexico ever win the Mountain West title?
It’s working now. Now what?
It took a while for New Mexico football to rally back after a brutal stretch, but the Bob Davie style and system has kicked in.
Run the ball. Run the ball. Run the ball some more. Control the clock. Hope the defense can hold up just enough. Move on.
It didn’t work out early on with a 11-26 start, but finally Davie got all the right pieces in place, and the program finally turned, going 16-10 with two bowl appearances and a tie for first in the Mountain division last year.
But can Davie come up with the right tweaks to actually win the division outright? Can the system overcome major personnel losses?
Unfortunately, the Lobos are in the tougher of the two Mountain West divisions, and they’re going to have to deal with Boise State every year. Wyoming is getting better, Air Force is always solid, and Colorado State and Utah State are dangerous. There isn’t a week off in the division.
But Davie has created the team that no one wants to play. You know what’s coming, but it’s still hard to stop the ground game that always produces.
This season should be interesting, though. The offense will dominate again, thanks to a loaded backfield, dangerous deep threat receivers, and a good-enough line that knows what it’s doing.
Lamar Jordan is going to be among the nation’s most electrifying quarterbacks, there’s power and speed at running back, and the offense that averaged 350 rushing yards per game – best in the nation – should be even more explosive and effective.
And it’ll have to be with the issues on defense.
Okay last year, the Lobo D now has to replace nine starters and needs to be far better in the secondary despite all the key losses.
But with the ground attack, a great kicking game, and a coaching staff that knows what it’s doing, there’s nothing wrong with consistently coming up with winning seasons and bowl appearances at New Mexico.
But winning a conference title might be nice at some point.