The New Mexico Bowl will essentially be a home game for the New Mexico Lobos when the Arizona Wildcats come to Albuquerque.
Motivation will be high for the Lobos, head coach Bob Davie has rejuvenated the program and has led New Mexico to its first bowl game and winning season since 1997. Unlike the Lobos, who are having the programs best season since most of their players were in diapers, 2015 has been a disappointment for the Wildcats. After a 10 win, 2014 campaign that led to a birth in the Fiesta Bowl, Arizona barley finished bowl eligible at 6-6. This game will feature New Mexico’s run happy offensive attack against Arizona whose offense is extremely well balanced.
Overall, with the home field advantage and programs lack of recent success, Bob Davie should have no issue getting his players up for this game. While Arizona may not share the same excitement, their players know that head coach Rich Rodriguez is with them for what appears to be the long haul. The Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon is expected to play after missing the last two games with a concussion.
Despite the intangibles, the Wildcats are the more talented team. I don’t advise wagering on too many bowl games, and this game is no lock either way. I feel that Arizona wins, but I would not feel comfortable going against New Mexico +9, as a home underdog.
(Arizona 38 New Mexico 30)
Bet Sports Strong Rating “C”
***Bet Sports Strong Ratings***
A-Bet with confidence
B-Strong lean, but bet with caution
C-Slight lean, enjoy the game but be careful with your money
D-Prediction but not a good feel either way