New Mexico Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Lobos

    The 2016 New Mexico football schedule is manageable, especially early, but can it be easy enough to get to a bowl game again?

    March 3, 2016


    The 2016 New Mexico football schedule is manageable, especially early, but can it be easy enough to get to a bowl game again?


    2016 New Mexico Football Schedule

    Sept. 3 South Dakota
    Sept. 10 at New Mexico State
    Sept. 17 at Rutgers
    Sept. 24 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 1 San Jose State
    Oct. 8 Boise State
    Oct. 15 at Air Force
    Oct. 22 ULM
    Oct. 29 at Hawaii
    Nov. 5 Nevada
    Nov. 12 at Utah State
    Nov. 19 at Colorado State
    Nov. 26 Wyoming

    Non-Conference Games: South Dakota, at New Mexico State, at Rutgers, ULM

    Games vs. the West: San Jose State, at Hawaii, Nevada

    5 Keys To The Schedule

    – Coming off a breakthrough season, the Lobos should get off to a good start with South Dakota and New Mexico State to start things out. There’s a road game at Rutgers, but the other non-conference home date is against ULM. New Mexico needs to go 3-1 against this group.
    – Missing San Diego State from the West is a great break, and the one really tough interdivisional game against Nevada is at home. Hosting San Jose State and going to Hawaii isn’t all that bad.
    – The biggest Mountain game against Boise State is at home, but the other key showdowns against Air Force and Colorado State are on the road.
    – Here’s the big problem. There’s a long trip to Hawaii to kick off a run of three road games in four weeks, going to Utah State and Colorado State after hosting Nevada. In the second half of the season, the Lobos can’t wear down.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Wyoming. There’s a chance the Lobos are better than expected, but if things go close to plan, they should be around 5-6 going into the regular season finale. Coming off two road games, that can’t whiff on the slow-pitched softball of Wyoming.

    2017 Non-Conference Games: Abilene Christian, New Mexico State, at Tulsa, at Texas A&M

    MORE: Mountain West Football Schedule 2016: Ranking Every Game

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