Last week it was Incarnate Word playing the underdog as they came to University Stadium to face the New Mexico Lobos. This week it will be the Lobos playing in Madison, Wisconsin as a heavy underdog to fourth-ranked Wisconsin.
“We already know they got a lot of hype,” said Lobos receiver Elijah Lilly. “They are good, we already know that, but if we overlook that or if we underlook that then it will be a problem. We can’t go in there scared. We can’t go in there nervous. We just got to face them just like regular people because at the end of the day we are all like the same people, even if they are a little bit bigger.”
Lilly had two catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in his debut as a receiver for the Lobos this past Saturday. He and head coach Bob Davie know that getting that kind of production will be a little more challenging against a top-ranked team like Wisconsin.
The Lobos are looking at the game as an opportunity and chance to get better. “If enough guys get better individually than collectively we are going to get better,” said Davie. “So, we are looking at this as a chance to show improvement from week one to week two in our individual performance.” The Lobos are facing a team that has a 40 game win streak in non-conference games at home.
The Lobos sound as if they are up for the challenge. “We need to go represent, not only the name on the back but the name on the front and the Mountain West Conference,” said Davie. “That’s how I feel about it.” The Lobos and Wisconsin Badgers have a 10 a.m. mountain start time Saturday. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.