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There’s very little reason why New Mexico should be able to hold the Arizona offense in check. This is a team that allowed nearly 430 yards and 6 yards per play each game.
The Lobos have a very aggressive defense and Arizona’s players have called it similar to what the Wildcats saw with ASU in that New Mexico will blitz to try to create numbers mismatches while sacrificing the possibility of a vertical passing attack.
If Arizona’s offensive line blocks well on Saturday, the Wildcats are going to put up some major numbers, especially through the air.
In addition, the way New Mexico lines up defensively with its considerable gaps on the defensive line invites zone read teams like Arizona to attack it right in the trenches. There’s a reason why the Lobos have considerably struggled with zone read teams the past few years.
Junior linebacker Dakota Cox is basically New Mexico’s Scooby Wright. He is a linebacker, but is used as a pass rusher more often than not.
Cox has 89 tackles, which is 26 more than the nearest player. He also has 11 tackles for loss, five of which are sacks.
New Mexico won’t hide the fact that it is sending Cox to go get the quarterback, so Anu Solomon needs to be aware of him at all times and it would be smart for the offense to take advantage with quick passes.
The Lobos have a bad defensive line. The linebackers and safeties are the ones making the plays and Arizona has been very good at blocking in the second level, so that can be extremely dangerous for New Mexico.
Guys like Cox and Kimmie Carson are solid football players, but without any pass rush, it won’t matter much.
If Arizona is going to score points, it is going to be because it won the game in the trenches and if it does that, you can expect a big game from the wideouts and Solomon.