The New Mexico Lobos may be underdogs in their 2015 New Mexico Bowl game matchup against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 19 at their own University Stadium, but they’re still going to have a great opportunity to cover their bowl game betting odds against their favored opponents. The New Mexico Bowl college football betting spread favors Arizona by 10-points to beat New Mexico.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Arizona at New Mexico Gildan New Mexico Bowl Spread & My Free Pick
What: Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Who: Arizona Wildcats (6-6) at New Mexico Lobos (7-5)
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Kickoff: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Albuquerque, NM
Stadium: University Stadium (NM)
Spread: Arizona -10
Moneyline: Arizona -390 vs New Mexico +320
Game Total: 63
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Arizona vs New Mexico
Bet The New Mexico Lobos To Win The New Mexico Bowl Spread At +10 Because…
This will be New Mexico’s first bowl game since 2007, and Bob Davie has led a significant turnaround for a program that seemed to be fading.
New Mexico (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) is playing at home in this bowl game and come into this contest simply playing better football than the Wildcats.
The Lobos have won three of their last four games coming into this postseason pairing and became bowl-eligible by spanking Air Force 47-35 in its regular season finale to cover the spread as an 11-point home dog.
New Mexico recorded its first winning season since 2007 as running back Jhurell Pressley rushed for a career-high 170 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Lobos to victory while quarterback Lamar Jordan added 68 rushing yards on 12 carries and one rushing score. The Lobos average 29.3 points per game and allow 27.0 points per contest defensively.
Head coach Bob Davie spoke about his team’s ‘old-school’ triple option offense.
“I think it helps us to some degree, that’s why we do it,” Davie said. “For us, we’ve found our niche because we have to be different.”
Bet The Arizona Wildcats To Win The New Mexico Bowl Spread At -10 Because…
This could very well be Scooby Wright’s last game for Arizona, he will put on a show.
Arizona (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS) clearly isn’t playing its best football right now, but they do reside in the powerful Pac-12 and that could mean something as they face a New Mexico team that just doesn’t play the same caliber of competition on a regular basis that they do.
The Wildcats have lost four of their last five games and come into this matchup off a discouraging 52-37 beat-down at the hands of in-state rival Arizona State on Nov. 21 while never coming close to covering the spread as a 2-poin road dog.
The Wildcats were without starting quarterback Anu Solomon and backup Brandon Dawkins struggled by tossing two picks in relief. Running back Nick Wilson has missed three of the final six games with knee and foot injuries, but the good news for the Wildcats s that they’ll have 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Scooby Wright III back on the field for this contest after the do-it-all defender missed 10 of Arizona’s 12 regular-season contests with knee and foot injuries. The Wildcats average 36.8 points per game but allow a whopping 35.7 points per contest defensively.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez spoke on his team’s task of trying to beat the Lobos in their own backyard.
“It’s a road game, which is a little bit different for a bowl,” Rodriguez said during Wednesday’s introductory press conference for representatives for both teams. “Against a good, very hungry team.”
“You weigh your pros and cons,” Rodriguez added. “I think with New Mexico it’s their area, being from here and being in their home town. They don’t have to adjust to anything.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Arizona Wildcats may be decisive double-digit favorites in this contest, but I sure don’t like the ‘Cats to cover the spread.
Arizona is just 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games and 1-5 ATS in their last six neutral site games.
New Mexico has gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 200 rushing yards in their previous game and a robust 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games after passing for less than 170 yards in their previous game.
The bottom line for me is that there’s no way Arizona should be favored by an insane 10 points after their stumbling finish and New Mexico’s strong late-season run.
Play the Lobos to cover the New Mexico Bowl betting spread in a narrow loss.