ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico 2014 football schedule includes seven bowl teams, three bowl winners and three conference division champions, according to a Mountain West release on Thursday.
UNM’s 2014 foes combined for a 79-75 record, the highlights being Fresno State’s 11-2 record and Arizona State’s 10-4 mark last season.
Three of the six teams visiting Branch Field this season had a combined record of 29-11: Arizona State, Boise State and Fresno State.
The Lobos will open the season Aug. 30 against UTEP on Branch Field at University Stadium. It’s the earliest start of the season for UNM since 2008, which was a home game against TCU. The Lobos serve as the Miners’ season-opening opponent for the second straight year.
UTEP is UNM’s season-opening foe for the first time since 2007, a 10-6 Miners win in El Paso. The Lobos have faced the Miners seven times as their season opener and are 3-4 against the Texas team. New Mexico last opened at home vs. UTEP in 2001, scoring a 26-6 victory.
The Lobos play host to the Pac-12 Southern Division champion Sun Devils on Sept. 6. UNM last beat a school from the former BCS conferences in 2008 when they defeated Arizona 36-28 at University Stadium in 2008.
Third-year Lobo coach Bob Davie will circle 9/20/14 on his calendar this year. That’s the annual New Mexico-New Mexico State Rio Grande Rivalry game, this time in Las Cruces, N.M. The Lobos will aim for their consecutive win over the Aggies under Davie.
The Lobos open conference play against Mountain West champion Fresno State on Sept. 27 at Branch Field. The Bulldogs also won the West Division in the MW.
UNM visits UTSA on Oct. 4 in a rematch of the 2013 season opener between the schools. The Roadrunners finished 7-5 overall and 6-2 in their first year in Conference USA last season and are winners of five straight, heading into 2014.
The Lobos will play host to conference foes Boise State – which escaped Branch Field with a 32-29 win in 2012 – San Diego State and former Lobo coach Rocky Long, and Wyoming, which is under the direction of new coach and former North Dakota State top man Craig Bohl.
The last time UNM and Wyoming played in the regular-season finale was 2004, a 16-9 Lobo victory.
UNM road games will be at MW Mountain Division champions Utah State – the Lobos last played in Logan, Utah in 2002 and suffered a heartbreaking 45-44 overtime loss – Air Force, Colorado State and UNLV. Like last season, the Lobos will have two open dates – this year on Sept. 13 and Oct. 25.
Check back soon to golobos.com for information on 2014 Lobo football tickets.
2014 Lobo Football Schedule
|Aug. 30||vs. UTEP|
|Sept. 6||vs. Arizona State|
|Sept. 20||at New Mexico State|
|Sept. 27||vs. Fresno State*|
|Oct. 4||at UTSA|
|Oct. 11||vs San Diego State*|
|Oct. 18||at Air Force*|
|Nov. 1||at UNLV*|
|Nov. 8||vs. Boise State*|
|Nov. 15||at Utah State*|
|Nov. 22||at Colorado State|