State of New Mexico vs. Colorado: Lobos Example, TV Show, Example, Opportunities

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WEEK 12: CSU (2-9. 2-5 MWC) vs. New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 0-7 MWC)

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2022, 6:46 PM MST, 8:46 PM

WHERE: Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, CO

WEATHER: 42° during the day & 23° evening Wind NE from 10 to 15 mph

TV: CBS Sports Network

Game by game: John Sadek (play by play) and Randy Cross (analysis)

Live stream: FuboTV

RADIO: 77KOB Lobo Radio Network Rob Portnoy (play by play), Dontrell Moore (analyst

SERIES RECORD: Colorado State leads 43-25

LAST WEEK: UNM lost to San Diego State 34-10. CSU lost to Air Force 24-12

WEBSITES: golobos. com | CSURams. com


Over/under is 35

Odds/Point Spread: Rams (-6.5)

Total/More than less: 35

The Colorado State Rams (2-9, 2-5 MWC) will host the New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 2-5) this Friday at 1:30 MST at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collings, Colorado.

The Lobos look to close out their season with a win when they face the Colorado State Rams on CBS Sports Network on Friday afternoon.

The game will air on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak on play-by-play and Randy Cross on color.

The Lobos are coming off a 34-10 loss to San Diego State as 14.5 point underdogs. The Rams are coming off a 24-12 loss to Air Force as 21.5 point underdogs.

For UNM, it will be a second game in a row with CJ Montes at the helm at quarterback, UNM’s third starting quarterback of the year.

Just a freshman, CJ Montes was solid against San Diego State, going 15-for-23 for 112 yards in Friday night’s game, and scoring his first career touchdown in a 34-10 loss to the Aztecs on a read option in the red zone for UNM.

Montes connected on 23/15 with 112 yards passing, a QB rating of 97.4, and one interception, while Nate Jones led the Lobo offense with eight carries and 68 yards, and 8.5 yards per carry.

The Lobos and the Rams are very similar in terms of two two-win teams struggling on offense, and both UNM head coach Danny Gonzales and CSU head coach Jay Norvell are in the process of rebuilding their future schools.

New Mexico ranks last in the FBS in yards per game and Colorado State ranks last in scoring. UNM is last in first downs and Colorado State is last in red zone offense.

New Mexico is second last in third down conversion percentage, ahead of only Colorado State, which is last, which speaks volumes about what both teams need to work on in the off-season.

Both teams were pretty good defensively and can attribute one of their two wins mainly to defense.

A huge strength that Danny Gonzales has is his staff, with defensive coordinator Rocky Long and his 3-3-5 plan, no one in the country leads it like him.

The Rams scored two defensive touchdowns in a 17-14 win over Nevada, and UNM had seven takeaways, including a defensive touchdown, against UTEP in a 27-10 win.

Both teams have good special teams, kicking, punting and in the second leg, so there is no clear advantage for each other.

CSU owned the series as of late, winning the last 11 in a row, but the Rams Lobos games over the years have always been very entertaining and physical.

This writer has had the pleasure and blessing of watching it from the sidelines, all the way back to the Sonny Lubbock and Rocky Long eras of 1999-2000.

The Lobos’ last win was in 2009 when Mike Locksley got his first win (and second to last, as it turned out) as Lobo’s head coach, winning on a walk-off field goal 29-27.

The Lobos are looking to end an 11-game losing streak in conference play and get a 9-game overall losing streak and a much-needed Mountain West Conference win this year.

Ending the Rams’ 11-game losing streak would give the Lobos some much-needed momentum in an off-season that will begin with the search for a new offensive coordinator as Heath Ridenour has held the fort since being named interim coordinator.

You can imagine the great challenge Heath Ridenour would have thrown into the mix when calling for an offense that wasn’t his. For starters, it was former offensive coordinator Derek Warehime’s offense and plan.

Here in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Ridenhour left behind a very productive job as head coach of Cleveland High School; his teams averaged more than 40 points per game and will play in the 6A State Championships this Saturday.

Score points when the attacker has the ball

New Mexico averages 14.3 points per game. They throw for 108.8 yards and rush for 127.9 yards per game.

This Lobo offense has totaled 2,604 yards this season and scored a total of 3 touchdowns passing the ball and only 12 touchdowns rushing the ball.

The Lobo offense averages 127.9 yards in the run game, which is 99th in Division 1

The Lobos have a solid group of running backs between Nate Jones, who leads the Lobos, followed by freshman Christian Washington and both backs should be able to break away for big stretches of yards.

The Aries defensive front has given up some big yards as they gave up big yards against the crowds in last week’s Air Force game, over 359 yards.

Yes, it’s a three-way Air Force, but they also gave up big yards against Boise State, Wyoming, and Utah State.

So look for Lobos Offensive Coordinator Heath Ridenhour to run straight for this CSU Defensive front.

CSU has reported 1,892 yards rushing for an average of 172 yards per game and 24 touchdowns through the rush game.

They have put up 15 touchdowns through the air and 203.2 yards per outing, sitting 36th in the nation.

Colorado State has struggled defensively, conceding 29.4 points per game. They gave up 24 points in their last game, so look for the Lobos to pass the ball to them.

Explosive wide receivers Luke Wysong and Geordan Porter (ASU transfer) should be factors in this game, so look for Lobo’s offense to get the ball to them in spaces.

A very big factor for this Danny Gonzales team this year was the second half not showing up for the offense for the most part.

They must adjust at halftime or expect the opposing team’s defensive coordinator to change things and they in turn adjust to the adjustment.

Just because something worked in the first half doesn’t mean it will work in the second half.

Play Solid Defense

Look for defensive coordinator Rocky Long to throw all but the sink to finish the season for the Lobos.

Colorado State averages 12.8 points per game. They throw for 193.7 yards and rush for 90.3 yards per game.

Ram Quarterback Clay Millen completed 79 percent of his passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Falcons. Avery Morrow had eight carries for 42 yards, while Jaylen Thomas had six catches for 49 yards.

The Rams are averaging 284 yards per game, ranking 128th in FBS, and have accumulated 684 yards in penalties for 78 offenses.

The Rams have thrown 2,131 yards through the air, averaging 193.7 passing yards per outing, ranking them 109th in D-1.

Colorado State averages 12.8 points per game, ranking 131st in D-1. They throw for 193.7 yards and rush for 90.3 yards per game.

This Lobo Defense has struggled defensively, conceding 26.8 points per game. They had to give up 34 points in their last game and will have to do their best to win this game.

But the reality is that these defenses have to stay on the field far too long to allow them to play games in the late third and fourth quarters.

The Rams are the worst in the country with third downs, but New Mexico is the second worst, so both teams are comparable.

Both defenses are the bright spot at some points during the season if someone sees the glass as half full versus half empty.

The lack of points and offensive production has been a major anchor for both programs’ winning games.

3) Win the sales battle

Here games are won or lost in the heat of the gridiron battle.

The Lobos found out the hard way last week by giving up some very precious plays in the game that, looking back, really helped determine the outcome of the game.

So many games are won and lost on turnover and being on the road usually bodes well for the visiting team.

At some point, players need to step up and play during a game and this usually becomes a big factor in changing the momentum in a college football game.

Forecast UNM 24 CSU 17


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