SEC Football Preview: New Mexico State at Kentucky

Kentucky-New Mexico State

New Mexico State travels Lexington to for a Saturday game with the Kentucky Wildcats. previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

New Mexico State

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
08/28 TX El Paso L 3-30 Home
09/04 San Diego St L 10-28 Away
09/11 New Mexico L 25-34 Away
09/18 S Car State W 43-35 Home
09/25 Hawaii L 21-41 Home
10/02 San Jose St L 31-37 Away
10/09 Nevada L 28-55 Away
10/23 Hawaii L 34-48 Away
11/06 Utah State L 13-35 Home
11/13 Alabama L 3-59 Away
11/20 Kentucky 12:00 PM Away
11/27 U Mass 3:00 PM Home


Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 LA Monroe W 45-10 Home
09/11 Missouri W 35-28 Home
09/18 Chattanooga W 28-23 Home
09/25 S Carolina W 16-10 Away
10/02 Florida W 20-13 Home
10/09 LSU W 42-21 Home
10/16 Georgia L 13-30 Away
10/30 Miss State L 17-31 Away
11/06 Tennessee L 42-45 Home
11/13 Vanderbilt W 34-17 Away
11/20 N Mex State 12:00 PM Home
11/27 Louisville 12:00 PM Away

College Football Ratings

Rating New Mexico State Kentucky
ESPN FPI 128 39
Sagarin 135 32
Massey Composite 127 34
PiRate Ratings 119 32

Key Stats

Stat New Mexico State Kentucky
Points 23.1 29.2
Points Allowed 38.1 22.8
Total YDS 377.6 394.1
Pass YDS 278.4 256.8
Rush YDS 99.1 186.3
Total YDS Allowed 462.6 341.1
Pass YDS Allowed 285.4 224.2
Rush YDS Allowed 177.1 116.9
3rd Down Conv.% 39.5 49.6
3rd Down Conv. DEF % 36.9 41.1
Turnover margin 0.11 -1.20

Players to Watch

New Mexico State

RB O’Maury Samuels, RB Juwaun Price, WR Terrell Warner, OL Sage Doxtater, OL Eli Johnson, LB Trevor Brohard, DB Devlin Kirklin, DB Daemahni Williams, DL Zach Stokes, DL Lama Lavea.


RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., WR Josh Ali, TE Keaton Upshaw, OL Darian Kinnard, OL Luke Fortner, DL Josh Paschal, LB Jacquez Jones, LB DeAndre Square, LB Jordan Wright, DB Yusuf Corker, QB Will Levis.


New Mexico State

[WR] 11/13/2021 – Robert Downs III is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky (Shoulder)
[WR] 09/09/2021 – Dominic Gicinto is out for season (Arm)


[WR] 09/30/2021 – Dekel Crowdus is out indefinitely (Undisclosed)
[DT] 10/11/2021 – Octavious Oxendine is out for season (Leg)
[LB] 11/13/2021 – Jordan Wright is “?” Saturday vs New Mexico State (Ankle)
[DL] 11/13/2021 – Marquan McCall is “?” Saturday vs New Mexico State (Lower Body)


New Mexico State vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Kentucky leads 1-0


This is another late-season cupcake feist to rest up another power conference team. New Mexico State’s only win this season is over FCS South Carolina State. Kentucky is looking to improve their bowl resume and what better way to do that than a lopsided victory? However, classy Mark Stoops won’t let it get too ridiculously lopsided.

Our Preseason Prediction

Kentucky 41, New Mexico State 7

Game Week Prediction

Kentucky 45, New Mexico State 9

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network Network.

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