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Star player Jacory Merritt and the New Mexico Lobos (1-2) play the UMass Minutemen (1-3) on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET, at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
The Minutemen are the favorites (-3.5) in their game against the Lobos, with the over/under at 49 points. (On the moneyline, the Minutemen are -168 and the Lobos are +142.)
Game Info for UMass vs. New Mexico
- Game Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
- Stadium: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
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UMass Pick Insights
- UMass is 2-2-0 against the spread this season.
- UMass games have hit the over on three of four occasions (75%).
UMass Stats & Insights
- UMass sports the 84th-ranked offense this year (365 yards per game), and have been worse on the other side of the ball, ranking 17th-worst with 441.8 yards allowed per game.
- UMass has the 88th-ranked scoring offense this season (25 points per game), and has been less effective defensively, ranking 11th-worst with 37.3 points allowed per game.
- UMass is totaling 234.3 passing yards per game on offense (72nd in the FBS), and ranks 83rd on defense with 227.5 passing yards allowed per game.
- With 214.3 rushing yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks eighth-worst in the FBS, UMass has had to ask their 94th-ranked running game (130.8 rushing yards per contest) to keep them competitive.
- While UMass’ third-down defense ranks 38th with a 33.3% third-down percentage allowed per game, the offense has been less successful, ranking 19th-worst with a 32.7% third-down percentage.
- With seven forced turnovers (10th in the FBS) against eight turnovers committed (121st in the FBS), UMass (-1) owns the 75th-ranked turnover margin in college football.
UMass’ Best Players
- Carlos Davis has 690 yards passing for UMass, completing 63% of his passes and collecting five touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
- Kay’Ron Adams has 366 rushing yards on 71 carries with three touchdowns.
- Taisun Phommachanh has been handed the ball 25 times this year and racked up 130 yards (32.5 per game) with two touchdowns.
- Anthony Simpson’s leads his squad with 289 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 14 receptions (out of 25 targets) and scored one touchdown.
- George Johnson has hauled in 13 passes while averaging 32.8 yards per game and scoring one touchdown.
- Christian Wells has compiled five receptions for 108 yards, an average of 27 yards per game.
- Billy Wooden has racked up three sacks to pace the team, while also recording two TFL and 11 tackles.
- Tyler Rudolph, UMass’ leading tackler, has 15 tackles, one TFL, one sack, and one interception this year.
- Dashaun Jerkins has picked off a team-leading one pass. He also has seven tackles and two passes defended to his name.
New Mexico Betting Insights
- New Mexico has not covered the spread in a game yet this year (0-2-0).
- New Mexico has not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 3.5 points or more this season (0-1).
- Out of New Mexico’s two games with a set total, one has hit the over (50%).
New Mexico Pick Insights
- From an offensive angle, New Mexico is posting 403.3 total yards per game (59th-ranked). It ranks 74th in the FBS defensively (362.7 total yards allowed per game).
- New Mexico ranks 77th in the FBS with 27.7 points per game on offense, and it ranks 101st with 29.7 points ceded per contest on the defensive side of the ball.
- New Mexico is compiling 223 passing yards per contest on offense this season (81st-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 226.3 passing yards per game (81st-ranked) on defense.
- From an offensive standpoint, New Mexico is generating 180.3 rushing yards per game (46th-ranked). It ranks 80th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (136.3 rushing yards surrendered per game).
- New Mexico has been struggling on third down, ranking 22nd-worst with a 46.9% third-down conversion percentage allowed per game. It has been better on the other side of the ball, generating a 44.1% third-down rate (54th-ranked).
- New Mexico has not done well in terms of turnovers, as the team’s turnover margin of -4 is 15th-worst in the FBS.
New Mexico’s Best Players
- Dylan Hopkins leads New Mexico with 635 yards on 48-of-80 passing with five touchdowns compared to two interceptions this season.
- The team’s top rusher, Merritt, has carried the ball 39 times for 295 yards (98.3 per game) with five touchdowns.
- Dorian Lewis has run for 110 yards across 19 attempts.
- Deuce Jones has hauled in 125 receiving yards on five catches to pace his team so far this season while scoring one touchdown as a receiver.
- Luke Wysong has caught six passes and compiled 99 receiving yards (33 per game) with one touchdown.
- Jeremiah Hixon has racked up 87 reciving yards (29 ypg) this season.
- Kyler Drake has racked up 1.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording two TFL and nine tackles.
- Tavian Combs, New Mexico’s tackle leader, has 19 tackles this year.