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Gildan New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico Bowl

Arizona and New Mexico used to meet quite regularly as border rivals, but they have only played five times over nearly the last 40 years. They'll meet once again in the 10th edition of the New Mexico Bowl on the Lobos' home field in Albuquerque.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 19 @ 2:00pm ET
Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Additional Read: Arizona vs New Mexico Betting

2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
New Mexico+12

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
New MexicoMWC7-57-55-7

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Matchup

Coming off a surprise Pac-12 South Division title last season Arizona figured to take a step back this season, and did just that, going 3-6 in conference play. The Wildcats started this season 5-2, but lost four of their last five games, including a 52-37 decision in the battle for the Territorial Cup at Arizona State in the season finale. Arizona's best win this season probably came in overtime over Utah, while its losses included a 56-30 decision against UCLA, a 55-17 decision at Stanford and a 49-3 blowout at Washington.

New Mexico, meanwhile, figured to finish somewhere near the bottom of the MWC's Mountain Division again this season, but squeezed out enough close victories to tie for second place at 5-3 in conference play, becoming bowl-eligible for the first time in eight seasons. The Lobos started 1-2 this season, but won five of their next seven, including back-to-back upsets of Utah State (as 20-point dogs) and Boise State (as 30-point dogs). New Mexico then lost at home to Colorado State, after leading into the fourth quarter, but pulled one last upset, over Mountain Division champion Air Force, in the regular-season finale.

The Lobos are 3-1 ATS over their last four games, and 4-0 ATS this season as double-digit dogs. They've also played four UNDER results in their last five games, mostly because they've faced some large totals.

The Wildcats are only 2-3 ATS over their last five games, but 4-2 ATS this season as favorites on the betting odds. They're also a lopsided 9-3 on the OVER this season, as Arizona has scored at least 37 points eight times, and allowed at least 38 points six times.

Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon, who's accounted for 50 touchdown in two seasons, missed the game against Arizona State after suffering a concussion, and his status for this bowl game is uncertain.

Arizona is playing in a bowl for the fourth straight season under head coach Rich Rodriquez, going 2-1 SU but 1-2 ATS in the first three. Last season the Wildcats lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl 38-30. New Mexico is playing in its first bowl in four seasons under head coach Bob Davie.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone over in six of the last seven New Mexico Bowls.
  • New Mexico is 3-0 ATS in its last three games against Arizona.
  • Arizona is 3-7 SU and ATS in its last 10 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone over in 10 of Arizona's last 13 games.
  • Arizona is 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in its last seven games in December.
  • New Mexico is 5-12 SU and ATS in its last 17 games after winning the previous game in a matchup.
  • New Mexico is 0-6 SU in its last six games against the Pacific 12.
  • The total has gone under in four of New Mexico's last five games.
New Mexico Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2006New Mexico BowlSan Jose State20New Mexico12-3SJ.STSJ.ST
2007New Mexico BowlNevada0New Mexico23-2NEWMEXNEWMEX
2008New Mexico BowlFresno State35Colorado State40+2COLOSTCOLOST
2009New Mexico BowlWyoming35Fresno State28-10.5WYOMWYOM
2010New Mexico BowlTexas El Paso24BYU52-10.5BYUBYU
2011New Mexico BowlTemple37Wyoming15+7TEMPLETEMPLE
2012New Mexico BowlArizona49Nevada48+8NEVADAARIZONA
2013New Mexico BowlColorado State48Washington State45-4.5CSUCSU
2015New Mexico BowlArizona-New Mexico-+12--
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