2022 NCAA College Football Game
New Mexico Wolves (2-1) vs LSU Tigers (2-1)
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 19:30 ET
Place: Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA
Roof: SEC network
Week 4 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a rare Mountain West v SEC matchup between the New Mexico Lobos and Louisiana State Tigers. Both teams are 2-1 going into this night competition in Baton Rouge.
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Money Line: UNM: (+3500) | LSU: (-20000)
To spread: UNM: +31.5 (-110) | LSU: -31.5 (-110)
Total: 45.5 — Above: (-110) | Below: (-110)
The state of Louisiana is a big favorite at -31.5 points with monster money line odds of -20,000 as well. This Saturday night kickoff also features a total of 45.5 points, which is well below the posted total average for a college football game.
This is a classic sandwich for LSU coming off a big 31-16 win against MS State last week and with a big game against Auburn on deck for next week. Clearly the Tigers can finish off the Wolves, but the New Mexico defense is playing better again for a second straight season under third-year coach Danny Gonzales.
Well, it’s actually defensive coordinator Rocky Long that’s making the difference, and San Diego State’s longtime head coach and top defensive mind is making his presence felt more than ever so far in 2022. New Mexico voided a weak FCS Maine team before dropping to Boise State, but the Wolves’ defense still held the Broncos at 318 yards. Last week, New Mexico beat UTEP by 17 points as an underdog at home, while the defense forced seven turnovers.
But against two FBS opponents, Lobos’ offense only managed 300 yards last week and 123 total yards against Boise State. The New Mexico defense has only allowed 230 yards and 14 points per game so far. LSU will certainly beat those numbers relatively easily here, but the Tigers have already played two exciting games after starting the season with a 24-23 loss to the State of Florida.
Final score prediction: LSU: 34 | New Mexico: 6
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available in the FanDuel Sportsbook.
We are not interested in getting more than 4 touchdowns with LSU in a clear disappointment and anticipation situation. The Tigers’ offensive line ranks among the worst in the SEC, but their defensive front ranks among the best. Still, LSU had a perfectly balanced offense for nearly 210 yards from both carries and passes last week against the difficult state of Mississippi. Tigers QB Jayden Daniels led the team in rushes last week, and he rushed for 225 yards and 2 TDs as he passed for 556 yards and 6 TDs this season.
The New Mexico offense will struggle to move the ball, making them difficult to bet. Relying on the Wolves defense to be well-trained and compete enough again to hit the Under makes sense, though.