Because of local Covid-19 numbers around the campus in Fort Collins, the New Mexico Lobos won’t be able to host the Colorado State Rams this weekend as planned.
Here’s the entire statement from the Mountain West Conference:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus in Bernalillo County and in accordance with state guidelines, the University of New Mexico is unable to participate in the scheduled football game on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Colorado State University. Therefore, the Mountain West is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. There is no plan to reschedule the game.
The MWC is planning on having each league team play eight league games before their conference championship on December 19th. With only eight weekends available between now and then, there’s simply no opportunity to make up any contests.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had previously expressed plenty of reservations about the ability to play college football in the current Covid-19 environment, and with the county where the Rams are based having a breakout of the virus, it makes sense the chief executive of the state wouldn’t want to risk further exposure. How involved the state was with the decision is unclear at this time.
Colorado State was an 18.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.