|2012 New Mexico Bowl Odds & Betting Preview: Nevada vs. Arizona|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Saturday, 15 December 2012 07:30|
New Mexico Bowl Odds
Both teams enter this game at 7-5 overall. Nevada has gone 3-9 against the spread this season while Arizona is 6-6 against the spread. The Wildcats have hit the over in 8 of their 11 lined games while Nevada has hit the over in 6 of their 11 lined games. These two teams have no recent meetings.
Trends show that Nevada is just 2-8-1 against the spread in its last 11 non-conference games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. Arizona is only 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Mountain West Conference opponents.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Arizona is the favorite in this bowl game, as the Wildcats have odds of -10 points against Nevada. The over/under total has been set at 75 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had Arizona favored by 8 points. The spread never was lower than that, and it is currently at its peak with Arizona favored by 10 points.
Arizona comes into this game having won four of their last six games. The Wildcats went 4-5 in Pac-12 play this season. Arizona has a very strong offense that is averaging 37.3 points per game, but the defense has struggled, allowing 34.3 points per contest. Offensively, Arizona has been balanced, averaging 291.4 passing yards and 230.4 rushing yards per game. The team has been led by quarterback Matt Scott, who has thrown for 3,238 yards and 24 touchdowns, while running back Ka’Deem Carey has rushed for 1,757 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Nevada comes into this bowl game having lost four of its last five games to finish Mountain West Conference play at 4-4. Four of Nevada’s seven wins on the season came by 7 points or less. Nevada is averaging an impressive 37 points per game on offense, but the defense is allowing 32.5 points per contest. Nevada is led by a strong rushing attack that ranks seventh in the country at 260 yards per game. Leading the way is running back Stefphon Jefferson, who has 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Cody Farjardo has added 2,530 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 981 rushing yards with 11 scores.
In terms of Injuries, Nevada receiver Nigel Westbrooks is out with an ACL tear and kicker Anthony Martinez is out with a hip injury. Arizona has no new injuries to report.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Arizona. The Wildcats are getting 68% of the wagers with odds of -10 points against Nevada on Saturday afternoon.