Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

Lobos favored, but only slightly, over Aggies

New Mexico quarterback Sheriron Jones (4) passes against Notre Dame on Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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,

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.

Josh Adkins passes for New Mexico State in its game last Saturday vs. San Diego State. (NMSU photo)

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.

Otherwise, neither team gets much respect from Sagarin. UNM is ranked 119th and the Aggies 163rd in a ranking of both FBS and FCS schools. The only FBS schools listed lower are Connecticut (168), Akron (176), UTEP (178) and Massachusetts (206).

NMSU has won two of the last three games in the series, but the Lobos took the most recent – 42-25 on Sept. 15, 2018 in Las Cruces.

Subscribe now! Albuquerque Journal limited-time offer
Support your local Albuquerque Journal & Randy Harrison SUBSCRIBE NOW cancel anytime

Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email or Contact the writer.