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Game Preview: Incarnate Word Cardinals at New Mexico Lobos


The opening week of the college football season is finally here. Week 1 sees the Incarnate Word Cardinals on the road to face the New Mexico Lobos of the Mountain West Conference. We spoke with the guys over at Barstool UNM (@BarstoolLobos) to help us preview the matchup by answering a few questions about the Lobos. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

  • 1- (1A210) Okay, so I’ve got to ask this first off. New Mexico is known for its beautiful mountains and scenery but we have to talk about the weather. What’s it like playing a football game in 80-something degree weather as opposed to the 90-plus in Texas?

(BSUNM) The only thing I can say about the weather here is that it’s absolutely unpredictable. We’ve had about every game time weather possible. One year, we were playing Nevada, and it was probably 75 degrees at kickoff. By halftime, it was hailing and we were on an hour and a half delay for lightning.

  • 2- A year ago, the Lobos finished the season 3-9 overall but two of those three wins came at home. What is it about Dreamstyle Stadium that makes it a great atmosphere?

Honestly, I think it was more about our performance as a team rather than the atmosphere at Dreamstyle Stadium. Our two wins were against Abilene Christian, who struggled against us immensely, and Air Force who hasn’t been able to stop our run attack in the past few years. We’re in a struggling time right now in ticket sales. I started this Barstool viceroy as a way of promoting UNM from a student’s perspective as a way of reaching out to students and getting them more excited, not only about football but Lobo Athletics in general.

  • 3 – This will be the first-ever meeting between UIW and New Mexico. What is your prediction for the game?

I won’t give a prediction of the outcome of the game, but I will predict that we will get to see all three quarterbacks for UNM (Coltin Gerhart, Tevaka Tuioti, Sheriron Jones) to be able to showcase their skills as they fight for the starting position.

  • 4 – Tell us something we should know about the Lobos.
Sheriron Jones started his college career at Tennessee before transferring to JC and eventually coming to UNM. UNM has a new OC, Calvin Magee, who most notably coached at Arizona and West Virginia under Rich Rodriguez. UNM is the first Mountain West school to have an NFL Hall of Famer as an alum (Brian Urlacher).

2017 Team Results:

Incarnate Word Cardinals – finished 1-10; 10th in the Southland Conference

New Mexico Lobos – finished 3-9; 11th in Mountain West Conference

All-Time History

This will be the first-ever meeting between New Mexico and Incarnate Word.

The Matchup

Incarnate Word Cardinals (0-0) at New Mexico Lobos (0-0)

Dreamstyle Stadium

Kickoff 6 p.m. Central Time

Where to Watch:


Keys To Victory

History is not on the Cardinals side as they are just 3-6 in season-opening games all-time. If UIW wants to start the Eric Morris era off on the right foot, they will need to be strong defensively against a passing game in New Mexico that looks to improve. Meanwhile, on offense, the Cardinals will need to pound the football and open up their passing game.

Game Prediction

Incarnate Word – 17

New Mexico – 14

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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