Expect Wyoming (-3.5) and New Mexico St. Feature Stellar Defense
Wyoming at New Mexico State is one of the five games Saturday kicking off the 2018 college football slate. Early in the season, offense sometimes has an advantage over defense. Not in this game.
Wyoming comes in a slight favorite having to replace an NFL 1st round pick at QB in Josh Allen. To make matter worst, the Cowboys got news that standout running back Trey Woods is ineligible. With two marquee players on offense last season, Wyoming still had trouble scoring points. They will struggle to average 23.5 points a game this season.
The Cowboys do have some positives though on defense. They return several starters from a team that lead the nation in turnovers with 38. The leader of the defense is tenacious All-American safety Andrew Wingard, who is expected to be an NFL first-round pick in 2019.
At New Mexico State, they want to continue their feel good story. Last season, the went to a bowl game, and won, ending a 57 year drought. A big reason for that is a defense that forced 27 turnovers and puts relentless pressure on the quarterback. State has trouble moving the ball sometimes, but their 43 sacks on D makes up for it.
This is no exaggeration when I say this game could be 7-7 going into the 4th quarter.
PICK: Wyoming -3.5; Under 45.