I’ve been studying the ‘total’ for the New Mexico Bowl odds for quite some time, and I’m ready to make my New Mexico Bowl picks for the clash between the Arizona Wildcats and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Nevada vs. Arizona kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM, and I’m going to show you which way to bet on college football to make your CFB pick on for this great game.
2012 New Mexico Bowl
Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5, 3-9 ATS) +9
Arizona Wildcats (7-5, 6-6 ATS) -9
The Wolf Pack and the Wildcats are both teams that can really light it up, but here in the New Mexico Bowl, I’m really not so sure that the game is going to be able to reach a ‘total’ that has really flown through the roof over the course of the last several days.
Bowl games haven’t always been kind for the Wolf Pack. They only scored 17 points last year against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in spite of the fact that they had an offense that scored at least 42 points in five of the team’s last seven games of the season, and they scored just 20 the year before in the final season for QB Colin Kaepernick. In fact, dating back to 2006, the Wolf Pack have been held to 20 points or fewer in all but one of their bowl games, and that was a game that they were beaten 42-35 by the Maryland Terrapins. This year’s team is a high flying team for sure with RB Stefphon Jefferson carrying the ball, but I’m just not certain that he is going to be able to do it all by himself.
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The Wildcats have had the ability to get the ball moving up and down the field as well with RB Ka’Deem Carey. The team has done a lot of scoring in the 30s this year, and if you take away the games against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, South Carolina State Bulldogs, and the Colorado Buffaloes, all of which have terrible defenses, there isn’t all that much to speak of in terms of tremendous outputs. This strikes me as a game in which Arizona is going to get into the mid-30s, but not all that much more. And, with the way that Nevada has struggled to keep the ball moving in bowl games with teams having weeks and weeks to prepare for the Pistol offense, this is an ‘under’ game waiting to happen.
Nevada vs. Arizona Picks & Tips: Under 77