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New Mexico a Strong ATS Bet vs Arizona

New Mexico Football NCAA

New Mexico gets the luxury of playing in the New Mexico Bowl when they take on the Arizona Wildcats in Albuquerque on December 19th. The Lobos have enjoyed success against the Wildcats, with New Mexico covering in the past three meetings between the two teams.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Arizona’s past 13 games.
  • New Mexico is 0-6 SU in their last six against the Pac-12.
  • Arizona has allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns in the Pac-12.

New Mexico has clinched their first winning season since 2007 thanks to a revived offense that is heavily based on the rushing attack. The Lobos are averaging 246.6 yards per game, which is good for ninth in the nation, with three different players rushing for 600-plus yards and six or more touchdowns.

Arizona was supposed to be better than .500 this season, but injures decimated the team from the early goings of the season. The Wildcats limped to the finish line of the regular season with a 1-4 record in their past five with an average scoring margin of minus 13 points.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New Mexico Lobos were sitting as 11.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at Bovada, but that spread has plummeted to New Mexico +8. The total opened at 62, but has jumped to 64.5-65 at most books.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 33-30 victory for the Wildcats. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

For in-depth analysis of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and it's history, click here.

Arizona Wildcats vs New Mexico Lobos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Mexico Lobos sport a record of 7-5 and 6-6 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Arizona Wildcats sit at 6-6 and 6-6 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 5-7 for the Lobos and 9-3 for the Wildcats. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Mexico vs Arizona injuries news.

The New Mexico Lobos sit at No. 80 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Arizona Wildcats are at No. 79 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New Mexico Lobos No. 62-ranked offense (29.33 PPG) against a Arizona Wildcats defense that ranks No. 106 at 35.67 PPG. The New Mexico Lobos passing attack has averaged 129.83 yards per game, less than the Arizona Wildcats give up through the air (274.75 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Arizona Wildcats own the league's No. 93-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 215 yards per game when on the road. New Mexico, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Brandon Dawkins handled the Sun Devils defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 305 yards, but Arizona still lost to Arizona State 52-37.

Air Force was unable to contain Jhurell Pressley in its last action Saturday and the result was a 47-35 Week 13 loss against the Lobos.