According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, BYU is a 26.5 point favorite over New Mexico on Saturday. Why such a lack of confidence in the Lobos/Hobos/Blowbos/BlowBlows/Slowbos/Homos?
Because New Mexico is bad.
Don't believe me? Take a look at these numbers (provided by the stats section of NCAA.com):
New Mexico is ranked 109 (out of 120) in total offense, averaging 309 yards a game.
Their scoring offense is ranked 117. They score an average of 15.3 points per game.
They have given up 30 sacks, good for seventh-worst in the country.
They are also next-to-worst in the country in Third down conversions, only converting 27.74% of the time.
National ranking in red zone offense? 115. 67% success rate.
They're a little better on defense. They're only ranked No. 104, giving up over 429 yards a game.
Scoring defense? 112, giving up 36.56 points/game.
So, so bad.
They have the eigth-worst defense on third down, letting opponents convert nearly 50% of the time.
New Mexico QB Donovan Porterie, a senior, has a 58.1% completion rate (the lowest since his freshman year), and has thrown 7 INTs to only 8 TDs. And again, he has also been sacked 30 times.
New Mexico is bad.
BYU is going to have a red-letter day in ABQ.
BYU 55, New Mexico 10
AROUND THE MWC
Air Force 27, UNLV 20
San Diego State 31, Wyoming 24
TCU 34, Utah 13
Boise State 51, Idaho 28