New Mexico Bowl – UTSA vs New Mexico (December 17, 2016 Prediction)

New Mexico Bowl-  UTSA Roadrunners (6-6) vs New Mexico Lobos (8-4)

University of Texas at San Antonio, a program that has only been playing football since 2011, will be making their first ever postseason appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. New Mexico will be playing in this bowl for the second straight season, the Lobos were defeated in the New Mexico Bowl last year 45-37 by Arizona.

New Mexico comes in with the nations number one rushing attack, averaging 361 rushing yards per game and 6.8 yards per carry. UTSA will try to slow down the Lobos with a respectable  run defense that allowed a158 rushing yards per game, good for 52nd nationally.

UTSA strikes me as an all around average team, not horrible but not particularly great in any areas either.  I expect the Roadrunners to be excited about the schools ever postseason football appearance, but the Lobos are basically playing a home game here. In the end I expect the Lobos running game to wear down the Roadrunners. Look for the Lobos to cover, but if you see this a 7.5, buy the half point and get this to seven points.

 

My prediction:  New Mexico 35 UTSA 24 (New Mexico -7)

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