LSU vs. New Mexico is a primetime game on Saturday night, meaning it’ll be another rowdy atmosphere in Death Valley. The game between the Tigers and Lobos is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on SEC Network+.

LSU vs. New Mexico preview

LSU struggled for most of its season-opening, last-second loss to Florida State. But, since that Week 1 defeat, the Tigers have looked like a team that is quickly figuring things out.

QB Jayden Daniels has shown plenty of ability as a runner and is developing as a passer with each game he plays. So far this year, he has thrown for 6 touchdowns and has yet to toss an interception.

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Daniels also leads the Tigers in rushing yards, having scrambled for 225 in 3 games. He’s found the end zone twice with his legs, too.

If Daniels is going to continue putting up big numbers, he’ll have to look out for New Mexico’s Cody Moon, who has 3.5 sacks through 3 games for the Lobos.

Defensively, the Lobos are ballhawks. Through 3 games, they have 6 interceptions. Ronald Wilson, with 2, leads the way. So, Daniels will have to be careful with the ball throwing against this talented secondary.

Daniels has seemingly found his go-to guy in the Tigers’ talented receiving corps, and it’s not Kayshon Boutte. Time and time again against Mississippi State, Daniels looked for Malik Nabers in key situations. But, this week, coach Brian Kelly said getting Jack Bech more looks will be a priority. It seems safe to say that Kelly wants to see all of LSU’s receivers get more action in the passing game.

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Defensively, Jay Ward will look to continue his strong play, for which he earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 3. Kelly credits moving Ward closer to the line of scrimmage as the nickel back for unlocking Ward’s full potential.

New Mexico doesn’t often see environments like Death Valley at night, so expect the Lobos to have a few penalties caused by the crowd noise. Baton Rouge is going to be rowdy on Saturday night!

LSU vs. New Mexico prediction

LSU is turning a corner after a slow start to the season. The win over Mississippi State was a great start to the SEC season for the Tigers, and the Lobos shouldn’t provide much of a challenge in what could have been a trap game with a tougher opponent.

Expect Daniels and the offense to put up plenty of points early. Expect the backups to be in by the fourth quarter, when the Lobos will tack on a garbage time touchdown to make the final score look slightly more respectable.

Prediction: LSU 41, New Mexico 17