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Washington State will win

New Mexico State – Washington State Match Prediction | 28-08-2019 22:00

They were undoubtedly one of the worst teams in college football a year ago, and they might have a hard time proving otherwise in 2019, especially with Washington State and Alabama the first two teams on their schedule. Last year was New Mexico States first season as an independent after leaving the Sun Belt. The Aggies went 3-9, beating only UTEP, Liberty, and Alcorn State.

The New Mexico State Aggies ran for 1,272 yards as a team last year, which ranked 123rd in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 246 1st downs last year, placing them 92nd overall as an offensive unit. They ran 354 times, averaging 3.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Aggies averaged 5 yards per play, which was 118th in college football. They were 97th in the nation in points scored with 304. The Aggies were penalized on offense 76 times for 634 yards last season, which had them 70th in the country in penalties. They ran 892 plays last season for 4,454 yards, which ranked them 45th in Division 1 in total offense.

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Boise State is coming off a triple-overtime heartbreaker against No. New Mexico fell 30-28 against New Mexico State, the second straight year that the Lobos have lost the Rio Grande Rivalry to the Aggies. Both teams come into the conference opener reeling from tough losses. 20 Washington State, losing 47-44 to the Cougars after giving away a 30-10 lead in the fourth quarter.

Senior Anthony Gordon won the WSU quarterback competition during training camp and will get the start against New Mexico State. However, the Cougars will give him plenty of support. Washington State returns four of their starters on the offensive line and half a dozen receivers who were part of their rotation last season. Even if there are questions about Gordon, there are few questions about the rest of the offense. He has just five career pass attempts, so nobody will be sure what to expect from Gordon until he has a few games under his belt.

However, they havent seen many passing attacks like the one the Cougars have, and the New Mexico State defense is bound to crack sooner or later. Itll help that Gordon and the Wazzou offense will play their first game against New Mexico State. The Aggies were atrocious defensively last season and then lost a handful of their best players. The NMSU secondary is actually in decent shape, more so than their linebackers, so the Aggies may actually benefit from Washington State being a pass-heavy team.

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WSU will certainly look to win the Pac 12 North, but they will need to find a way to beat their cross-state rival University of Washington (Cougs have dropped last six years in a row to UW). 21 Washington State Cougars might be yet another surprise team this season as they return a lot of veteran players. The No. They have three very capable QBs all battling for the top spot which as of now Head Coach Mike Leach has named Anthony Gordon the starter this Saturday. WSU also returns seven receivers who fill the 8-man receiving crew in the air-raid offense.

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If he is not ready to go, there is little controversy. If he is healthy, the Broncos coaching staff will have a hard choice to make about whether to play Rypien or graduate transfer Montell Cozart. For Boise State, the question becomes whether Brett Rypienwill be healthy enough to play after suffering a head injury in the loss to Washington State.

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These teams played just a couple of weeks ago and Washington State hung around, losing by just six points.The Washington State Cougars are going to be in a lot of games this year due to their offensive firepower, and they're shooting 50.2 percent from the field in their last five games.The New Mexico State Aggies are the better and more balanced team overall, but the Cougars are shooting the ball well enough to hang around in this contest and given themselves a chance to win late.

Current starting QB, Anthony Gordon, earned the job by beating out Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud. Gordon, who has already been dubbed Flash Gordon by teammates and fans, should pick up right where the Cougs left off last year by running Mike Leachs Air Raid Offense. Washington State will continue to run the air-raid offense. Gordon has put in his time over the past three years playing behind Luke Falk and Gardner Minshewhe will be ready to make his own mark. The Cougs look to be a similar squad albeit minus Minshew who is now with Jacksonville in the NFL. Gordon has the luxury of targeting the 7 returning WRs, which will make his job even more manageable, coupled with his knowledge of the offense.