The University of New Mexico football team kicks off the 2018 regular season against the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Saturday evening at DreamStyle Stadium. The Lobos look to start the season 1-0 for the fourth straight season under Bob Davie, as the team tries to bounce back from a disappointing 3-9 2017 season.
The Lobos enter the season with high hopes and a new collection of coaches, including offensive coordinator Calvin Magee from the University of Arizona. Magee spent the previous 12 seasons of high coaching career running the spread offense under head coach Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcat ranked 15th overall offensively in the nation in 2017, with the third-most potent rushing attack in the country.
Lobo fans will be treated to a high-octane spread offense that focuses on getting the ball out in space to playmakers and executing at a quick pace – the opposite of the triple option that former OC Bob DeBesse ran for the past six seasons.
The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Eric Morris, a former player and graduated from Texas Tech University who spent the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator for Kliff Kingsbury. Incarnate Word is an FCS Division one school with an enrollment of 11,000 students located in San Antonio, Texas. The Cardinal Football team was established in 2009, with a 30-67 all-time record as part of the Southland and formerly Lone Star conference.
Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm MT, with television coverage provided by ESPN3.