NM State Aggies Host the Wyoming Cowboys

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Wyoming Cowboys are Loaded for 2018

The Wyoming Cowboys and the New Mexico State Aggies will both be looking to go 1-0 on the season. They meet at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. ESPN2 has the coverage with kickoff set for 10 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Cowboys as -6-point favorites versus the Aggies, while the game’s total opened at 47.5. The line is now Wyoming -5 and the total is down to 46.

Tonight will be a huge indicator of what’s to come for both programs for the season.

New Mexico State is playing its first game again as an independent. The Sun Belt broke up with the program after last season. The Aggies are coming off a big bowl season with a ton of momentum. It might all crash with a thud without a strong first game at home against a tough Wyoming team.

The Cowboys should have one of the nation’s best Group of Five defenses. Despite the loss of Josh Allen, the offense should be far better. Honestly, it can’t be a whole lot worse.

If they’re really and truly the team that should be a factor in the Mountain West race, they need to show it by winning this with ease.

Can the Aggies go Bowling Again?

After years and years and years of awful football, the program finally got to give its fans a little bit of fun. With a high-powered offense, a thrilling defense that attacked as well as anyone in the country,  the team won. Last year gave fans their first bowl appearance – and win – since 1960.

The Aggies got booted out of the Sun Belt with a bang.

Before that, it was 14 years since NMSU came up with a winning season. It won’t be that long before the program goes bowling or has a winner again.

The Aggies will keep on winging it around this year. That is despite the loss of QB Tyler Rogers and star WR Jaleel Scott. Matt Romero will get the start for the Aggies. The new guys will have their moments, no doubt.

The rebuilding offensive front will have a nightmare of a time against what the Cowboys are going to bring up front. The Aggies were a turnover machine last year. Don’t expect that to change tonight.

Defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani gets back a good group. They bring back nine starters. The pass rush should be great. The experience is there in the secondary as well. Overall, this has the potential to be the best defense yet in the Doug Martin era in Las Cruces.

Wyoming has A Chance to be Really Good

Eight starters are back from the nation’s top defense in takeaways. They are led by a terrific group of tacklers. It starts with hard-hitting safety Andrew Wingard. There are plenty of strong parts of the defensive puzzle. The secondary should be the shining star.

That’s a problem for an NMSU team that has to throw.

6-4 stud bombers Tyler Vander Waal and Nick Smith are each good enough to do far more than Allen could come up with last season. The O line is experienced enough to be better for a woeful running game. Just about everyone of note is back in the receiving corps.

Wyoming won’t be 125th in the nation in total offense again.

The defense that led the Mountain West in sacks and the nation in takeaways is beyond loaded with experience.

There’s NFL upside on the line with Carl Granderson at the end and with Youhanna Ghaifan at the other. There might not be a better safety in college football than Andrew Wingard. Add in the veteran linebacking corps, and it’s all there to be special again.

Wyoming will go bowling three years in a row for the first time in it’s history. If the offense gets cracking, they can contend for a major bowl game.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New Mexico State7-68-531.5029.691.813-35-25-80-65-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Wyoming Cowboys

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf5-33-12-26-23-13-122.5016.386.12
Last 31-21-10-11-21-10-120.3315.674.66

New Mexico State Aggies

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-01-00-00-10-10-017.0010.007.00
Last 33-03-00-01-21-20-021.6715.676.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense23.4610429.6986
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense162.40106239.0097
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense108.40113114.6724
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense29.315517.549
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense284.6733176.6013
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense110.17117156.6043

Head To Head Summary

New Mexico State

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
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NCAA Football Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Wyoming Cowboys

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 22, 2017CMICH37-14W-3/47W/O12115427518346364-8H
Nov 25, 2017SJ.ST17-20L-19/48.5L/U1871703571461743200A
Nov 18, 2017FRESNO7-13L2/38.5L/U772313081471863331H
Nov 11, 2017AIRFOR28-14W2.5/50.5W/U100129229203175378-2A
Nov 4, 2017COLOST16-13W4/47.5W/U1561382942351103451H

New Mexico State Aggies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 29, 2017UTAHST26-20W5.5/63.5W/U1841913751872544411H
Dec 2, 2017S.ALA22-17W-12/54.5L/U4045149122331353-2H
Nov 25, 2017IDAHO17-10W-9.5/56.5L/U17223140341174215-1H
Nov 18, 2017UL.LAF34-47L-4/64L/O893134022792265053A
Nov 4, 2017TEX.ST45-35W-9/56W/O119503622163400563-2A

Next up:
Wyoming home to Washington State Saturday, September 1
New Mexico State at Minnesota Thursday, August 30

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