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Red-Hot New Mexico Looks To Put Aside Bowl Woes

New Mexico started the season poorly but rebounded to go 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in its past seven games to make a rare bowl appearance. The Lobos have won just one of their past seven bowl games and that W came in 2007. They will look to end the drought when they take on the UTSA Roadrunners in the New Mexico Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • UTSA is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games after a win.
  • New Mexico is 1-7 SU in its last 8 bowl games.
  • UTSA is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games against teams with winning records.

The Lobos have gotten this far on the back of their top-ranked rushing attack. New Mexico, averaging 360.9 rushing yards per game, features two 1000-yard rushers with Teriyon Gipson and Tyrone Owens. Both Gipson and Owens are averaging over 8.0 yards per carry and have individually rushed for more than 150 yards a combined five times.

If you’re looking for defense, you may not want to watch New Mexico, as the team allows nearly 400 yards and 33 points per game. Two players stand out on the Lobos defense, as Dakota Cox and Nik D’Avanzo can give opposing offenses fits. Cox has recorded over 80 tackles for the fourth straight season while D’Avanzo has tallied 8.5-plus sacks in the past two years.

With a win in its final game of the season, UTSA became bowl-eligible for the first time in the school’s history. Former LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson switched the running game up for UTSA during his first year with the team and it paid dividends. The rushing tandem of Jarveon Williams, the program’s leading rusher, and Jalen Rhodes have combined for 1531 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

UTSA is middle of the road in pretty much every defensive category, except the team has a great knack for stripping opponents and forcing fumbles. The duo of Marcus Davenport and La’Kel Bass have been terrorizing C-USA quarterbacks, as both players have recorded 10 sacks on the season.

UTSA Roadrunners vs New Mexico Lobos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the UTSA Roadrunners have seen them go 6-6 and 6-5-1 ATS so far this season, while the New Mexico Lobos are at 7-4 and 5-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Lobos are 9-2, while the Roadrunners are 5-6-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Mexico vs UTSA injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 58 (New Mexico Lobos) and the No. 60 (UTSA Roadrunners) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New Mexico Lobos No. 22-ranked offense (37.83 PPG) against a UTSA Roadrunners defense that ranks No. 69 at 28.33 PPG. The New Mexico Lobos passing attack has averaged 109.33 yards per game, less than the UTSA Roadrunners give up through the air (242.25 YPG on average).

Defensively, the UTSA Roadrunners feature the league's No. 55-rated road run defense, allowing 174.17 yards per game. New Mexico, meanwhile, ranks No. 1 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kerry Thomas hauled in 5 passes for 145 yards against the Charlotte defense in the team's last game, leading UTSA over the 49ers 33-14 on Saturday.

In their last game, New Mexico got a 217-yard performance from Teriyon Gipson as a key part of its 56-35 win over Wyoming.

Betting Trends
  • Texas-San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New Mexico is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • New Mexico is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of New Mexico's last 14 games