The smart guys in the desert have set a line on the meeting of the stoppable force and the movable object.
New Mexico (1-1) opened as a 6-point favorite – though that line has since moved to 4½ – for Saturday’s home game against rival New Mexico State (0-3) at Dreamstyle Stadium.
The Lobos are 0-1 against the spread, having lost 66-14 as a 34½-point underdog last week at No. 7 Notre Dame. Typically, games matching major (FBS) colleges against lower-level Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools, such as UNM’s season-opening 39-31 win over Sam Houston State, aren’t listed by the Associated Press’ (and thus the Journal’s) oddsmaker, Pregame.com.
The Aggies are 1-2 against the spread, a winner for bettors who took the gargantuan 55½ points when they went to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 7 and lost “only” 62-10.
The moving line is slightly more generous to the Aggies than are the power ratings. The Sagarin ratings used by USA Today list the Lobos as 8 points better straight up and give 3 more for home-field advantage.
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