BYU (7-2) vs. New Mexico (0-9): But Really, Who Cares?
After getting demolished by a superior team at home (TCU), BYU went on the road and demolished Wyoming, 52-0.
BYU now has the task of playing at (0-9) New Mexico. Does anyone even think this game will be close?
Could it possibly be worth watching?
The experts in Vegas have BYU pegged as a 28 point road favorite.
I'll be surprised if its that close.
If there is one thing that BYU has been good at this season, it is absolutely destroying inferior teams on the road.
BYU's Road Games
BYU 14 - Oklahoma 13
BYU 54 - Tulane 3
BYU 59 - UNLV 21
BYU 38 - SDSU 28
BYU 52 - Wyoming 0
Only one of these games was ever in real doubt (Oklahoma), and only one other of was remotely close (SDSU).
The other games were no contests, as BYU won by an average of 55-8.
New Mexico's Home Games
Tulsa 44 - New Mexico 10
Air Force 37 - New Mexico 13
New Mexico State 20 - New Mexico 17
UNLV 34 - New Mexico 17
The same UNLV team that got crushed by BYU 59-21, went down to New Mexico and won 34-17.
Even with a 28 point spread, I expect the Cougars to cover easily.
New Mexico is, by far, the worst team in the conference.
The only way this game is remotely close is if BYU takes New Mexico for granted, and is caught looking ahead to a tough game against Air Force next Saturday.
BYU's defense, while maligned by Cougar Fans, has only two bad games all year. Giving up 54 to FSU, and 38 to TCU.
They should be able to shutdown New Mexico, a team that averages less than 14 points a game.
Max Hall is the king of these type of games. In his entire playing career (two-and-a-half-plus years), Max Hall has seven losses. Three were to BCS teams: UCLA, Florida State, and Arizona. One was to Tulsa. And the other three are to Utah and TCU (twice). And Max Has beaten all of these teams (except FSU and Tulsa) at least once, and he beat UCLA twice.
He never loses, or even lets games get close, against clearly inferior competition. Say what you will about Max Hall, but he wins the games he is supposed to.
With McKay Jacobson back and healthy, opposing defenses have to cover the deep ball, and that opens everything up for the Cougars' offensive attack.
My prediction for the game: BYU 56, New Mexico 14.
By the time most people read this article (posted Friday night), this game (which starts at noon MST) will be over.
BYU is set to finish the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record away from Lavell Edwards for the first time since...well...it's been a long time. I think that is quite an accomplishment.
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