NCAAF August 25th Play

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New season gets going on Saturday with a few games on the slate and I found one of them that was worth playing. As usual I’ll post all my plays, plus write ups on my site for free this season. Anxious to get things going and hopefully put together a nice season. Here’s what I have to open it up….

New Mexico State (+4): There’s been some buzz around Wyoming coming into season and I personally just don’t really see it. The strength of this team will be their defense which I admit does look to be solid. The problem however will be on the offensive end as despite having a QB picked in the top 10, and playing in a non power 5 conference they still put up putrid numbers. Last year out of 130 FBS teams Wyoming was 126th in yards per game at only 286. I’ve seen some people out there try to play the “The offense will be improved without Allen at QB” card, and that’s just ridiculous. A team like Wyoming doesn’t have the talent to just lose a QB who was picked number 7 overall and get better. Stepping in at QB it looks like it’ll be redshirt freshman Tyler Vander Waal. Vander Waal appears to have beat out Senior QB Nick Smith who served as Allen’s back up last season. Vander Waal might end up being a solid college QB, but fact is right now he’s a freshman who is thrust right into the fire with a road game in his first FBS appearance. Not exactly an easy situation, and to be honest there isn’t a ton of offensive firepower around him. Last year they only averaged 3.2 yards per carry as a team and didn’t have a running back even reach 500 yards all year. To be honest at the skill positions there’s really nobody on that Wyoming offense that’s even worth mentioning. New Mexico State lost a stud QB of their own with Tyler Rogers graduating and taking his video game numbers from 2017 with him. To fill that void the Aggies are still deciding between Senior Nick Jeanty and Juco transfer Matt Romero. Jeanty is a dual threat guy who doesn’t have a ton of experience but is very talented. Romero comes in with some decent expectations too and I actually followed him a bit in Juco as Palomar is right down here just north of San Diego county. Regardless of whether it’s Jeanty or Romero I think the Aggies offense should be respectable. They’ll will however also lose RB Larry Rose III who had a very nice career with around 4500 rush yards. Good news is Jason Huntley will step right in and he’s one of the most electric players you’ve probably never heard of. Huntley averaged 6 yards per carry and 9 yards per catch last year to combine for about 850 yards from scrimmage. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flirt with doubling that number this season. In addition to that he’s also a very good kick returner. It’s probably safe to say he’s the most dangerous offensive weapon on either side in this game. Head coach Doug Martin has this Aggies team starting to head in the right direction. Last year they broke their 57 year run of no bowl wins and there’s more optimism around this team than there has been in a long, long time. The total in this game is only 46 and it figures to be a defensive battle. More than anything else I’m going to challenge Vander Waal to make some plays on the road in his first ever college game and do it without much around him. If he can, then so be it.

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