Arizona Wildcats (6-6) at New Mexico Lobos (7-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 19, 2015, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Mexico Lobos +11.5 -- Over/Under: 62
The Arizona Wildcats will play the New Mexico Lobos in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl Game.
The New Mexico Lobos were 7-5 this season and finished fourth in the Mountain West Mountain Division. The New Mexico offense is averaging 29 points per game with 246.6 rushing yards per game and 131.6 passing yards per game. Lamar Jordan is the quarterback for New Mexico who is completing 53.2% of his passes for 935 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Jhurell Pressley has 846 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for New Mexico. Teriyon Gipson has 766 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for New Mexico. Dameon Gamblin has 397 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for New Mexico. The New Mexico defense is giving up 27 points per game with 237.7 passing yards per game and 194.3 rushing yards per game. Dakota Cox has 89 tackles and 5 sacks, while Markel Byrd has 3 interceptions for New Mexico. New Mexico is +5 in turnover margin this season.
The Arizona Wildcats were 6-6 this season and finished fifth in the Pac-12 South Division. The Arizona offense is averaging 36 points per game with 268.3 passing yards per game and 226 rushing yards per game. Anu Solomon is the quarterback for Arizona who is completing 62.7% of his passes for 2338 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Solomon is probable with a head injury for Arizona. The backup quarterback for Arizona is Jerrard Randall who has 518 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Nick Wilson has 725 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Arizona. Jared Baker has 691 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for Arizona. Cayleb Jones has 722 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Johnny Jackson has 612 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Arizona. The Arizona defense is giving up 35.7 points per game with 274.9 passing yards and 188.5 rushing yards. Will Parks has 72 tackles, Reggie Gilbert has 3.5 sacks, and Jamar Allah has 2 interceptions for Arizona. Arizona is -5 in turnover margin this season.
Arizona had a disappointing season, losing 4 out of their last 5 games. Arizona’s defense really let them down, as they were one of the worst in the nation. However, the Arizona offense did have a good season, as they were able to score over 35 points in seven of their games. As long as Anu Solomon is playing for Arizona, expect their offense to put up points. New Mexico had a good season by their standards, and finished the season by winning 4 out of their last 6 games. New Mexico has a top ten rushing attack in the country, and it will be very important for them to have success on the ground in order to set up the passing game. I really like how this New Mexico team finished the season and I think they will really test Arizona in this game. I am taking New Mexico to at least keep it close.