The 2012 New Mexico Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the Nevada vs. Arizona picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
New Mexico Bowl Picks: Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 15th, 1:00 ET
Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Bowl Betting Odds: Arizona -9
Nevada vs. Arizona Live TV Coverage: ESPN
Get used to seeing a heck of a lot of underdogs this year in the bowl games, as we generally think that this is going to be a bowl season where a lot of favorites win games outright. There aren’t many times that we think that the Wolf Pack are a great play in the bowl season, as they have had a terrible history playing in the postseason, but this is going to be an exception to the rule.
The great equalizer this year is going to be the fact that Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is the man on the other side of the field. For as badly as Nevada has been in the postseason, Rich Rod hasn’t had all that much luck either, especially most recently when his old team, the Michigan Wolverines had their doors blown off in the Gator Bowl two years ago. It will also help Nevada that Arizona is only going to have two weeks to prepare for this game, and not the six weeks that some have had in the past to figure out this Pistol offense.
We aren’t all that sure that the Wolf Pack are going to be able to pull off the upset in this one, but we do think that this is going to be a great game to start the bowl season. The Mountain West was a competitive conference this year, and we think that a middling team in the MWC is going to be able to at least hang with a middling team in the Pac-12. Look for RB Stefphon Jefferson to give the Wildcats fits, just as he has against virtually every other team this year. Remember that this Arizona defense ranked 120th in the country, allowing over 485 yards per game on the campaign. Nevada might have allowed 212.9 yards per game, and it might be lacking just a bit of talent, but it should at least be able to stick around, just as it did in the finale this year against the Boise State Broncos.
Nevada vs. Arizona Pick: Nevada Wolf Pack +9
New Mexico Bowl Score Prediction: Arizona 38 – Nevada 35