- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
Campus location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Conference: Mountain West
All-time record vs. Texas: 0-2
Last game: New Mexico started the Bob Davie era with a rare win. The Lobos beat up on Southern 66-21 and in doing so scored on a pass, a run, on defense and on special teams. The Lobos scored nine touchdowns. They only had 18 in all of 2012.
Last meeting with Texas: The Longhorns won 47-0 in Austin in 1988. (Oddly enough, in the only other meeting between the schools, the Longhorns also won 47-0 in 1948.) Eric Metcalf stole the show in the 1988 meeting as he went for 133 yard rushing, 86 receiving and 66 in return yards. He also had three touchdowns.
Key players: New Mexico had four players rush for 65 or more yards against Southern. The main player to watch out for in that group is Demarcus Rogers. He had 103 yards. Freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche had 88 yards.
Why Texas might win: New Mexico has been the worst team in FBS for the past several years. Before the win against Southern the Lobos had a 3-33 record dating back to the 2009 season. Plus the Lobos' weakness is stopping the run. Texas' strength is running the ball. Combine those two and it should make for a rather easy win for Texas.
Why Texas might lose: Texas struggles against dual-threat quarterbacks. That much was evident as Wyoming's Brett Smith kept play after play alive with his legs. Gautsche is a runner and a passer and might be better at the former than the latter. He rushed for 88 yards and threw for only 70 in the Lobos' win over Southern. He is quick to the outside and knows when to take off with the ball.
1dJake Trotter, Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson
2dJeremy Crabtree and Brandon Chatmon
3dJake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon