Arizona may be the hefty favorite here, but underdog New Mexico has displayed the more balanced offense thus far, and an outright upset by the Lobos would be no surprise.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]While the Pac-10 Conference may be stronger than the Mountain West, the Arizona Wildcats will have trouble beating anyone this season with their anemic running game, so do not be surprised if the New Mexico Logos pull off an outright shocker here.
This in not the first test for Arizona vs. a Mountain West team this year, and they failed miserably in their season opener, falling 20-7 at BYU in a game that was not as close as the final score. They did rebound with a 45-24 win last week, but that came vs. Division I-AA Northern Arizona, who will never be confused with Appalachian State. Despite that fact, Arizona still only scored one offensive touchdown in the first half before a punt return for a touchdown in the second half finally opened up some daylight.
A repeat performance could prove fatal vs. the Lobos here. New Mexico has a potent and nicely balanced offense, and that was on display vs. New Mexico State last week when quarterback Donavan Porterie passed for 342 yards while running back Rodney Ferguson ran for 118 more. We expect this offense to give the Wildcats fits here.
Sure Arizona has a nice passing game themselves with Willie Tuitama under center, but the Cats lack a go-to running back, and that lack of balance makes them a precarious favorite here, especially if they fall behind. We will take the points with New Mexico, and a small moneyline play may also be in order here.
Free Pick: New Mexico +9½