1. The Lobos are out to their best start in 11 years, sporting a 2-1 mark.
New Mexico opened the season with a 62-30 win over FCS Incarnate Word before falling on the road to Wisconsin, 45-14. Prior to their bye week, the Lobos defeated their rivals New Mexico State, 42-25.
2. Head coach Bob Davie is in his 7th season with UNM.
The former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN analyst, sports a 32-46 record with the Lobos. He has guided New Mexico to consecutive bowl games in 2015 and 2016. Davie was suspended 30 days without pay in the spring amid outside investigations. He was suspended for a “series of university policy and employment contract violations.” UNM hired a law firm to investigate whether coaches interfered with investigations involving football players, including sexual misconduct cases. In its report, the firm said it “cannot conclude” that football staff obstructed or interfered with investigations based on its evaluation of three cases and interviews with willing parties.
3. The Lobos hope to have quarterback Tevaka Tuioti back this weekend.
Tuioti was injured in the 2nd quarter of the Wisconsin game, and he missed the New Mexico State game due to a concussion. He returned to practice on Monday. Tuioti has completed 18 of his 29 passing attempts for 382 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception.
4. Davie brought in a new offensive coordinator this offseason, hiring Calvin Magee.
Magee has an impressive resume, serving as offensive coordinator West Virginia, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Arizona. He was a long time assistant under Rich Rodriguez, who is widely credited with innovating the spread option offense. The Lobos are averaging 39.3 points per game through 3 games, including 62 points against Incarnate Word and 42 against New Mexico State.
5. The New Mexico defense has struggled this season.
They are allowing 33.3 points per game and over 500 yards of offense which ranks 117th in the country. The Lobos did force 5 turnovers against New Mexico State, allowing them to score 28 unanswered points to seize control of that game.