Wyoming (4-7) at New Mexico (3-8) (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: University Stadium (39,224) -- Albuquerque, New Mexico. Television: ROOT-NW, RM, SW. Home Record: Wyoming 3-3, UNM 0-5. Away Record: Wyoming 1-4, UNM 3-3. Neutral Record: Wyoming 0-0, UNM 0-0. Conference Record: Wyoming 2-5, UNM 1-6. Series Record: Wyoming leads, 36-30.
GAME NOTES: The New Mexico Lobos get their last crack at logging a home win when they host the Wyoming Cowboys in the season finale for both programs at University Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
New Mexico, which has come up empty in all five home games so far this season, the only team in the Mountain West Conference to be void of a home win, is also all alone at the bottom of the Mountain Division of the MWC with a record of 1-6. The squad is in the midst of a three-game slide and has dropped five of the last six overall, bowing to nationally-ranked Colorado State last weekend, 58-20.
As for the Cowboys, the team which is just ahead of UNM in the standings, they were throttled by Boise State last Saturday night, 63-14, marking the second loss in a row and the seventh in eight games for a program that will be staying home once this contest is over.
The Cowboys are ahead in the series by a 36-30 margin, thanks in part to a 38-31 win in least year's battle.
Losing to Boise State was probably something that the Cowboys were expecting, even at home, but losing quarterback Colby Kirkegaard to an apparent ankle injury was not in the plans for the hosts. Kirkegaard, who was helped off the field and to the locker room, converted 10-of-14 passes for 74 yards before exiting. The Wyoming offense generated just 227 yards overall, with the two touchdowns being scored by running back Brian Hill.
Defensively, the Cowboys have certainly seen better days. Lucas Wacha accounted for a game-high 12 tackles and made two stops behind the line of scrimmage, while Seth Edeen logged one of the squad's two sacks on just three tackles. Devyn Harris forced and recovered a fumble, but in the end that effort seemed quite insignificant.
Harris, the team's leading tackler with 80 stops, has a pair of fumble recoveries and two forced, but still this is a team with a negative turnover margin (minus-0.27 per contest) and that has them tied for 84th in the nation heading into the week.
The loss of Kirkegaard means Tom Thorton or Sam Stratton will be forced into action on short notice. The pair has combined to attempt just 15 passes in 2014, so which ever one gets the call will probably not have all the plays available to him. However, what the Pokes will have is Hill coming out of the backfield once more, the youngster making a name for himself in the absence of Shaun Wick while running for 639 yards and six touchdowns.
As a good nationally-ranked team is supposed to do, Colorado State decimated the Lobos last week in Fort Collins by generating a mind-boggling 698 yards of offenfter a few years of struggling it is finally back on the radar in the SEC, but heading out on the road to win in this league is a completely different animal. Missouri is unlikely to suffer a letdown with a berth in the SEC Championship Game on the line.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Missouri 27, Arkansas 20Game Date and Time
Saturday, November 29, 3 p.m. (ET).