Nevada Meets Arizona In New Mexico Bowl Saturday

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Arizona Wildcats
New Mexico Bowl Betting Preview
12/15/2012 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Arizona -9, O/U 76
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Television: ESPN

Nevada Wolf Pack: Oddsmakers are expecting the bowl season to kick off with a high-scoring affair at the New Mexico Bowl where the Wolf Pack (7-5 straight-up, 3-9 against the spread) collide with the Wildcats. Nevada faltered down the stretch with four setbacks in the final five contests, including home losses to San Diego State, Fresno State and Boise State to finish a disappointing fifth in the Mountain West Conference. The Pack had one of the top ground games in the nation (260.0 yards per game, 7th), paced by Stefphon Jefferson's 1,703 yards on the ground (second in the country). Nevada also ranked 20th in scoring with a 37 points per game, but that was offset by a defense that surrendered 32.5 ppg, ranked 95th in the nation. Wolf Pack backers endured a seven-game losing streak from late-September through November, a string that was snapped with the cover vs. Boise, and "over" bettors had a slight 6-5 advantage on the year.

Arizona Wildcats: It was a trying season for Coach Rich Rodriguez and the 'Cats (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) who could manage just a 4-5 record in Pac-12 play (4-5 ATS). The highlight of the regular season turned out to be a 39-36 upset of USC as 5-point underdogs in late-October. Running back Ka'Deem Carey led Arizona and the nation with over 1,750 yards rushing, picking up nearly 6.4 yards per tote, and quarterback Matt Scott ranked 16th in the land with over 294 yards per game through the air. Only four schools allowed more yards on defense than the Wildcats (485.7 ypg), and opponents scored 34.3 ppg, which ranked 103rd. With those stats, it's no wonder that "over" bettors cashed eight of 11 lined games, including seven of the last eight on the schedule. Arizona was also guilty of 25 turnovers, tied for 30th most, four of those coming in the 41-34 loss to rival Arizona State in the regular-season finale.

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