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How and what to watch for Wyoming vs. New Mexico

New Mexico will go for victory No. 1 but is significant home underdogs against Wyoming.

Wyoming Cowboys running back Brett Brenton celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels in the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

What are you up to late-night on Saturday? If the answer isn’t “I’m watching a mediocre college football team compete against an awful college football team,” you’re doing this weekend wrong. That’s about what we’re dealing with when the 2-2 Wyoming Cowboys head not-to-New-Mexico to take on the winless New Mexico Lobos.

Wyoming is coming off a 45-14 destruction over UNLV on the road, rushing for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. It’s the defensive side of the ball that has been most impressive for the Cowboys so far through four games, as it ranks 24th in opponent yards per play. Offensively, Wyoming checks in at 56th in that category.

New Mexico isn’t very good on the offensive side of the ball, and its defense is even worse, entering this game ranked 121st in opponent yards per play. The Lobos have had more trouble defending the pass than the running game, but both have been pretty poor all season long.

Wyoming won the last three meetings between these two teams, most recently a 23-10 home victory in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Wyoming vs. New Mexico on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Wyoming (-18) vs. New Mexico
Point Total: 52.5
Money line: Wyoming (-1000) vs. New Mexico (+600)

  • Wyoming is 13-7 straight up in its last 20 games, and New Mexico is 0-10 straight up in its last 10.
  • Wyoming is 6-3 straight up in its last nine games against New Mexico but just 2-5 against the spread in its last seven.
  • Wyoming is 1-6 straight up in its last seven road games, while New Mexico is 0-5 in its last five home games.

The Best Bet

I think we’re going to see a very similar performance from Wyoming that we did when it played UNLV last weekend. The Cowboys have a tremendous advantage in the ground game, and we have no evidence to support New Mexico being able to stop it. The Cowboys should go on the road and have no issues covering this spread, which is actually lower than I thought it would be.

Pick: Wyoming -18

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