The Orlando Sentinel has ranked all 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 125 to our projected No. 1 team.

Today at No. 88: New Mexico

Coach: Bob Davie (4-9, second season; 39-34 overall)

2012 record: 4-9 (1-7 in Mountain West Conference, tied for ninth overall)

Look back: First-year coach Bob Davie was able to do something last season that hadn’t been accomplished at New Mexico since 2008 – win more than one game in a season. Quite a task when you consider the state of the program when Davie took it over last spring. Coming off back-to-back-to-back one-win seasons, the Lobos were a mess. In a short span, Davie was able to lead New Mexico to four wins, including a victory over instate rival New Mexico State.

Offensive starters returning: 5

Offensive starters lost: 6

Defensive starters returning:  3

Defensive starters lost: 8

Key losses: QB B.R. Holbrook, WR Ty Kirk, WR Quintell Solomon, OT Korian Chambers, TE Chris Biren, NT Reggie Ellis, DT Ugo Uzodinma, LB Joseph Harris, LB Joe Stoner, S Matt Raymer, CB Destry Berry

Top returnees: RB Kasey Carrier, C Dillion Farrell, OG LaMar Bratton, OT Darryl Johnson, DE Jacori Greer, LB Dallas Bollema

Strengths: The bread and butter of New Mexico’s offensive attack is the ground game led by running back Kasey Carrier. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back enjoyed a record-setting season in 2012, rushing for 1,469 yards and 15 touchdowns while powering the Lobos to a top five rushing offense in the country. With the offensive line returning four starters, including center Dillon Farrell, it’s not a stretch to believe this team can duplicate its success on the ground in 2013. Linebacker Dallas Bollema, who led the team in tackles (89) last season and was tied for first in interceptions (3), will be key to the success of New Mexico’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Senior Rashad Rainey (40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss) also will be joining Bollema in the middle.

Weaknesses: Cole Gautsche saw a lot of action last season at quarterback after starter B.R. Holbrook went down with a shoulder injury. The sophomore-to-be ended up finishing the season rushing for 760 yards and seven touchdowns, but his development as a passer will be crucial if the Lobos expect to improve on last season. Gautsche only attempted 31 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Clayton Mitchem, a dual-threat quarterback who transfered from Northeastern Oklahoma, could push Gautsche for the starting job in fall camp. Tackle Jacori Greer (8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks) is the only returning starter on the defensive line that ranked fifth in the Mountain West with 21 sacks. New Mexico finished 103rd in the country in passing defense and things may not get much better in 2013 without a single starter returning in the secondary.

Outlook: Four wins is a good start for Bob Davie and this New Mexico program, but with only eight returning starters from last season, it’s going to be an uphill climb to see much more growth. The Lobos should have one of the top rushing attacks in the Mountain West, but lack of depth and inexperience on the defensive side of the ball will hurt in 2013.

2013 schedule

Aug. 31 UTSA

Sept. 7 at UTEP

Sept. 14 at Pittsburgh

Sept. 28 UNLV

Oct. 5 New Mexico State