Coming into the season as an unknown team and one that no one really expected to contend for a BCS bowl after a 9-4 season in 2012, the Fresno State Bulldogs are looking like just that — a BCS-type squad. Led by one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, the Bulldogs and their 9-0 record look poised to spoil some seasons.
On the other side of the field, the New Mexico Lobos are not having the best of seasons in the Mountain West Conference. Sitting at just 3-7 and 1-5 in conference play, it doesn’t look like the Lobos can do anything but spoil the Bulldogs’ season at this point.
Fresno State is led by talented veteran quarterback Derek Carr who leads one of the best passing offenses in the entire nation. Carr leads the fourth-ranked passing offense with 3,421 yards and 32 touchdowns on the season with just four interceptions to go with it. Carr has hit Davante Adams 91 times for 967 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season as well as completing 68 passes to Josh Harper for 823 yards and nine scores.
New Mexico has one of the best rushing offenses in the nation while having one of the worst passing offenses to go with it. The Lobos rank second in the nation in rushing yards per game behind Kasey Carrier‘s 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns as well as Cole Gautsche‘s 777 yards and eight touchdowns. Gautsche is also the team’s quarterback, passing for just 639 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Lobos rank 120th in the nation in points allowed per game as well as 111th in the nation in yards allowed with just under 500. Fresno State ranks 68th in points allowed to go along with the 72nd national ranking in yards allowed per game.
New Mexico will travel to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNews.
PREDICTION: New Mexico 14, Fresno State 41