2019 Mountain West Football Media Days: New Mexico

Isabel Gonzalez

The University of New Mexico football team finished the 2018 season at the bottom of the Mountain Division in the Mountain West Conference, and that’s where the Lobos are predicted to end the upcoming season. They also did not have any All-Conference Team selections. All of this was announced on Tuesday, the first a the two-day 2019 MW Media Days.

2019 Mountain Division predictions: Boise State was selected to finish first, receiving 15 votes. Utah State received six votes and landed in the no. 2 spot. The third to sixth prediction (in order) are Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico.
2019 West Division predictions: Fresno State received 17 votes to top the division. San Diego State received two votes and is predicted to finish second. The third to sixth spots are (in order) Nevada, Hawai‘i, UNLV and San Jose State. Hawaii received one first place vote.

This is not surprising as the school has had subpar performances in the last two seasons, picking only six victories during that period while carrying 18 losses. This is quite a sharp turn from the 2016 season when New Mexico went 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos gained a share of the division title and won a bowl game.
In an attempt to get back on the right track, the Lobos made some staff adjustments during the offseason. Joe Dailey, previously the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Liberty University, is UNM’s newest offensive coordinator. The team also promoted safeties coach Jordan Peterson to the defensive coordinator position.

“A lot of things have happened since our last game of last season,” said New Mexico head coach Bob Davie during Day 2 of the MW Media Days. “We’re optimistic as is every coach here, but I do feel better about where we are offensively.”

New Mexico will kick off its 2019 season on August 31 by hosting the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The team, in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, finished the 2018 season with a 6-5 overall record. Sam Houston State will count with preseason All-American senior receiver Nathan Stewart and former Under Armour All-American at running back Toneil Carter.

MW West Team 2018 Conference Record 2018 Overall Record
Fresno State 7-1 12-2
Nevada 5-3 8-5
Hawai‘i 5-3 8-6
San Diego St 4-4 7-6
UNLV 2-6 4-8
San Jose State 1-7 1-11


MW Mountain Team 2018 Conference Schedule 2018 Overall Record
Boise State 7-1 10-3
Utah State 7-1 11-2
Wyoming 4-4 6-6
Air Force 3-5 5-7
CO State 2-6 3-9
New Mexico 1-7 3-9