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New Mexico vs. Colorado State: Rams attempt to close out season with win

Jim McElwain will try to end his first season as Colorado State's head football coach with a win on Saturday, as the Rams host the New Mexico Lobos.


Jim McElwain's first season as Colorado State Rams head football coach will come to an end on Saturday, when the Rams host the New Mexico Lobos in a Mountain West Conference clash of two non-bowl teams.

Colorado State enters the game with an underwhelming 3-8 record, including a 2-5 MWC record. New Mexico hasn't fared much better this year, with a 4-8 overall record, and 1-6 MWC record.

Though any season without qualifying for a bowl game may be seen as a failure, the Rams, at the least, defeated their in-state rivals in the season's opening week, beating Colorado, 22-17.

If McElwain is to notch his fourth win of the season, he and his Rams will have to stop New Mexico's potent rushing attack. The Lobos currently boast the No. 4 rushing attack in the country, averaging 314.4 yards per game on the ground. Kasey Carrier leads the Lobos with 1,410 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Rams opened the week as 2 1/2-point favorites over the Lobos.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT from Hughes Stadium, in Fort Collins, Colo. Televised coverage can be found on ROOT Sports.