Posted 11/12/2009 at 11:47 PM
Iím playing the big, bad bully with this weekís play as Iím laying a big number with BYU as they visit hapless New Mexico. Thereís not a great deal to analyze here, as itís a big time mismatch. But what sold me on the BYU side was their performance last week against Wyoming. The Cougars could have mailed it in following the debacle against TCU a few weeks back. Instead, they got themselves together over the bye week and absolutely destroyed the Cowboys in Laramie. Thatís impressive, and I donít see a letup here even though BYU is lined up against a total stiff in the Lobos.
As for New Mexico, they desperately want to avoid going 0-12. But their only real shot at a win comes next week when they host Colorado State. Iím of the opinion that thereís not a whole lot left in the tank for the Lobos, but whatever fuel is still on hand will be geared toward a big effort last week.
Iím not normally inclined to spot huge numbers in November as opposed to doing so in some early season mismatches, but this looks to be a game where BYU can win by whatever they want. Theyíve shown the ability to some pretty substantial cripple shooting already this season, so Iíll lay the lumber and project a BYU blowout here.