Air Force at New Mexico: What bettors need to know

Air Force Falcons at New Mexico Lobos (-3, 59.5)

Football fans hoping for an aerial assault may want to avoid Friday night's Mountain West tilt between the Air Force Falcons and the host New Mexico Lobos. The teams combine for just over 200 passing yards per game, which may help to explain why both schools are still looking for their first conference victory of the season. The Lobos boast one of the top rush attacks in the nation, but will meet their match against a Falcons team that also relies heavily on the ground game.

Air Force comes in on a high after piling up 343 rushing yards and six touchdowns en route to a 42-28 win over the Army Black Knights. Anthony LaCoste was the catalyst - scampering for a career-high 263 yards and three scores - as he leads a robust ground attack that features eight players with at least 100 rushing yards. New Mexico fell 35-30 to San Diego State last time out, despite racking up 253 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU
LINE: The Lobos are installed as three-point favorites, with the total set at 59.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-40s under clear skies.

ABOUT AIR FORCE (2-7, 0-5 Mountain West): Never has the Air Force football team been less appropriately named - the Falcons are 11th in the country at 279.2 rushing yards per game, and have 24 touchdowns on the ground compared to just four through the air. LaCoste's 73-yard scoring run early in the first quarter extended Air Force's streak of consecutive games with at least one rushing score to 56, the longest active run in the nation. The Falcons come into Saturday's contest 55-55 all-time in Mountain West play.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO (2-6, 0-4): The Lobos are led by the more appropriately named Kasey Carrier, who has rumbled for 930 rushing yards and nine TDs on the season. Carrier opened the season on fire - scoring five times in the first four games - but has cooled of late, limited to 141 yards in back-to-back losses to Utah State and San Diego State. Fortunately, New Mexico has an assortment of other ground weapons at its disposal - including quarterback Cole Gautsche (577 yards, six touchdowns) and Crusoe Gongbay (337 yards, three TDs).

TRENDS:

* Falcons are 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games on grass.
* Lobos are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Over is 6-1 in New Mexico's last seven games.
* The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

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