Free Week 1 Prediction: Wildcats vs Lobos Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Abilene Christian vs. New Mexico Lobos (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The Abilene Christian Wildcats take the field against the New Mexico Lobos at University Stadium to open 2017. The Wildcats are from the Southland conference in the FCS and New Mexico is one of two FBCS opponents they face this season.
The other being the Colorado State Rams.
Abilene Christian finished last season 2-9 last year and finished the year in 10th place in the Southland conference.
Abilene Christian Wildcats
Head coach Adam Dorrel will make his debut against the Lobos in his first year controlling the Wildcat program. The Wildcats were bad last season. If anyone can turn it around at this level, it can be Dorrel.
He went 76-8 at division II Northwest Missouri State. Leading his former team to three national championships over six years there.
Quarterback Dallas Sealey will be the Wildcats leader on offense agains this season. The do it all redshirt junior carried the Wildcat offense last year.
He passed for over 2,700 yards and 19 touchdowns last year.
The Wildcat defense will be led by all Southland conference outside linebacker Sam Denmark. Denmark will look to tally more tackles than the 111 he compiled last season and three interceptions he picked in 2016.
New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico Lamar Jordan will run the show for the Lobos again at quarterback this year. Jordan is great with his legs. He rushed for 749 yards last year at 6.5 yards per clip.
Not bad for an offense who led the nations in rushing yards last year, but will have to make more than four pass attempts per game to be a relevant quarterback in the Mountain West.
The Lobos will return five of their top leading rushers from last seasons core who led the nation in rush yards. Since the Lobos don’t pass, the wide receivers are unknown, but will be anchored by Delane Hart-Johnson.
Hart-Johnson is returning form a car accident that kept him sidelined all of last season.
New Mexico’s defense gave up 395 yards per game last year. That will be an issue again for the Lobos this season. The defense only returns three starters from last years terrible core.
Senior linebacker Austin Ocasio will lead the struggling Lobos on defense this season
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Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
Abilene Christian was terrible in a FCS division and will show how bad they are against the Lobos in the season opener. Lamar Jordan is limited on offense, but the Lobos run game will be more than explosive against the Wildcats defense.
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New Mexico won’t be that good in the Mountain West this year, but will look great against the Abilene Christian Wildcats in the season opener.
The run game should have no problems running all over the field in this one.
Lamar Jordan won’t have as many passing yards as quarterback Dallas Sealey, but might have a career day on the ground. Expect a lot of points to be scored by the Lobos.
Abilene Christian will get some points as well against a poor Lobos defense, but not enough to win.
New Mexico gets the home blowout victory.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: New Mexico 42 – Abilene Christian 24
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