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2013 New Mexico

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New Mexico finished with four wins last season which was considered respectable as it was Bob Davie's first year in charge. Even though three of those wins were out-of-conference, it was still a positive sign from Davie. However, this year it may not be any better as only 10 starters return for the entire team and two of those players are the punter and kicker.

The good news for the Lobos is that running back Kasey Carrier is back for his senior season. New Mexico was fifth in the nation and averaged 300 rushing yards per game last year, led by Carrier and his 1,469 yards and 15 TDs. The problem with that is they had no passing game as they didn't top 1,000 passing yards on the season to go with just five touchdowns. No matter how good your rushing attack is, you have to know how to throw the ball. Cole Gautsche is set to return as the starting QB although he was only 13-for-31 throwing the ball last year. But he was the second leading rusher on the team with 760 yards. At least the offensive line remains largely intact with four returnees which means Carrier and company should have another great season.

Last year in a transition season to a 3-4 defense, New Mexico struggled for most of the way. In a conference with loads of talent at QB, they were last in pass defense which just doesn't work. Three returning starters may be a blessing in disguise as a lot of new faces should bring some revamped hope to this unit. They are solid on the line and at the linebacker spot, but the secondary will need some attention if they want more than one conference win.

2013 New Mexico College Football Schedule

Aug. 31 vs. UTSA
Sept. 7 at UTEP
Sept. 14 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 28 vs. UNLV
Oct. 5 vs. New Mexico State
Oct. 12 at Wyoming 
Oct. 19 vs. Utah State
Nov. 2 at San Diego State
Nov. 8 vs. Air Force
Nov. 16 vs. Colorado State
Nov. 23 at Fresno State
Nov. 30 at Boise State

Fortunately for the Lobos, they don't start their season with two road games against Big 12 opponents like they did last year. Instead, UTEP and Pittsburgh take the spot of Texas and Texas Tech. All four of their non-conference games are winnable due to their ability to run the ball.

It gets better for the Lobos as they start Mountain West play with games against UNLV and Wyoming. There is a lofty chance that New Mexico starts the season with a 6-0 record. Of course, that's  best-case scenario and somewhere around three or four wins is more likely. Inevitably, the schedule gets much harder and includes road games at San Diego State, Fresno State and Boise State. Out of their final six games, a home game against Colorado State may be their only win. Although, don't put it past them to overcome Utah State and Air Force at home.

Kasey Carrier will lead this team once again which isn't a bad thing. It's up to the defense if the Lobos want to reach that six-win barrier. Because of inexperience, four or five wins is the more likely result this season.

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