The Broncos and Lobos wrap up the regular season on Saturday (4:00 p.m. MT, The Mtn) in a game that lacks competitive drama but will be rich in good-byes. The Bronco seniors play their last home game, which is more than enough reason to watch. The Lobos are a great going away present.
After the jump, join me for a very brief breakdown of the New Mexico football abyss, and then find out what is worth watching in Saturday's game. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
New Mexico vs. No. 7 Boise State
- When to watch: Saturday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. MT kickoff
- Where to watch: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Ida. (Capacity: 33,500)
- How to watch: Live on The Mtn. with Ari Wolfe and Blaine Fowler
- How to find The Mtn: CableOne channel 329, DirecTV channel 616, and Dish Network channel Buffalo Wild Wings
- What to wager: Boise State by 48.5 points, combined score over/under 61 points
- What to wear: Forecast calls for sunny skies, high of 38, zero percent chance of precipitation
- How to score tickets:
Keys to the game
I am not going to insult anyone's intelligence by pretending there are "keys" to this game. If anything, the key to this game is that Boise State and New Mexico are on opposite ends of the college football spectrum, a spectrum that ranges from Elite to Worse Than Idaho. Seriously, New Mexico is worse than Idaho, and I'm not even sure it is that close.
Here is New Mexico by the numbers. For a Cliff's Notes version, picture a train wreck and then proceed to the next section.
- The Lobos average 13 points per game. Of the 240 teams in the FBS and FCS, New Mexico ranks No. 239 in scoring offense ahead of only Savannah State. Taste their pain, Tigers!
- The Lobos have scored 17 offensive touchdowns this season. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has 34. Doug Martin has 15.
- New Mexico QB B.R. Holbrook has seven INTs and four TDs on the season. Expect those numbers to get worse.
- New Mexico allows 41 points per game, which is second-worst among FBS teams. Only Kansas at 43 points per game has been worse ... until BSU hangs a 60-burger on the Lobos, that is.
- The Lobos allow nearly 500 yards of offense per game.
- Quarterbacks complete 71 percent of their passes against New Mexico and get sacked less than once per game. The Lobos have a college-football-worst two interceptions.
I understand that anything can happen on any given Saturday and never take any opponent lightly and blah blah blah. But even I, the world's most nervous Bronco fan, have already put this game in the win column. It may not be a 48.5-point win, but it will be obvious who the better team is. It's not the one Bob Davie chose, that's for sure.
Drama-filled storylines in Saturday's game
In lieu of comparing Boise State and New Mexico head-to-head, how about I point out other pregame storylines that will hopefully fend off your nap until at least late in the fourth quarter.
Saturday is the last time that Kellen Moore, Doug Martin, Shea McClellin, and 17 others will ever set foot on the blue turf. What a day of celebration it will be ... followed by a week or two of having a sad.
Fat guy touchdowns!
What better way to send off a senior lineman than to have that senior lineman run a lineman-eligible pass pattern and catch a touchdown? Current odds are Nate Potter 3:1, Thomas Byrd 5:1, Chase Baker 10:1, and Jarrell Root even money.
Tyler Shoemaker needs one more touchdown catch to pass Austin Pettis for the Boise State single season record and 147 more receiving yards to get to 1,000 for the season, which would put into the Top Ten of Bronco seasons. If not against New Mexico this week, I'm sure one or both of these things will happen against a terrible Pac-12 team in the Vegas Bowl.
Kellen Moore things!
With 133 yards, Kellen Moore will pass Colt Brennan into fifth on the NCAA's all-time passing yardage list. And Bronco fans hate Colt Brennan. This is perfect.
Also, Kellen Moore needs two more touchdowns to pass his own single-season record. Help a guy out, New Mexico.
Can you see this game going any other way than ugly for New Mexico? Can Boise State cover the 48 points? What kind of senior day shenanigans do you think we'll be in store for? Share your thoughts in the comments.