New Mexico vs. Incarnate Word fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico (0-0) vs. Incarnate Word (0-0) Game Preview
It’s been a rough and ugly offseason for the New Mexico program, but losing to a team that went 1-10 last season would make things even worse.
Incarnate Word is coming off a rough season with a miserable defense, one of the worst offenses in the FCS, and with blowout loss after blowout loss. With a trip to Wisconsin up next, New Mexico needs to to have its fun this week and get everything in place now.
On the plus side overall, with New Mexico State, Liberty and UNLV coming up after the date again the Badgers, there’s a chance for a good start to the season if the team can be sharp out of the gate.
One Reason Why Incarnate Word Will Win
It might have been a rough year for the Cardinals, but it’s a process to build things up under head coach and former Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Morris. The goal is to put together a high-octane passing attack as the team gets more and more experienced, and with ten starters back on offense, it’s going to come together at some point.
The New Mexico pass rush was a problem last season, and it needs to come out hot to do something to disrupt the Air Raid offense. The Lobo secondary is going to be under fire from the start.
One Reason Why New Mexico Will Win
The Cardinals are going to need a little while to improve a defense that couldn’t do much to stop anyone’s offense and was especially bad against the run.
Everyone knows what New Mexico is going to do, and now it has to execute.
New offensive coordinator Calvin McGee is going to try tightening up the offense that wasn’t consistent enough on the ground. In the opener against this Cardinal defense, the Lobos should be able to test out all of their quarterback options and see who can run it the best.
They’ll all produce for a ground game that will hit the 300-yard mark with ease. For one game, at least, the Lobos are going to run the ball, and they’re going to do it better.
What’s Going To Happen
For one game, New Mexico is going to look fantastic.
The running attack will blow up, and it’ll have to with Incarnate Word throwing and throwing some more to keep the pressure on. However, the Air Raid offense will sputter way too often, New Mexico will hold the ball for almost 40 minutes, and it’ll be a nice and easy win.
And then it’s on to Wisconsin.