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Arizona Bowl Betting Preview: New Mexico State Rarely Strings Together Two Straight Wins

Utah State and New Mexico State get ready to conclude the 2017 FBS season in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium on December 29.

Xbet opened Utah State as a 4-point road favorite with a total of 61.

SHARK BITES
  • Utah State is 2-6 SU in its last eight games against the Sun Belt.
  • New Mexico State is 1-8 SU in its last nine games after a win.
  • Utah State is 1-3 ATS in its last four games against New Mexico State.

Utah State was sitting on the bubble of making it to bowl season, and it’s certainly been a long time coming. Utah State is back in the promised land after missing out last season, and they’ve been here in six of the last seven years. Historically, Utah State has straight-up dominated New Mexico State by winning 30 of the 37 meetings between the clubs.

New Mexico State made some major strides to get back to the promised land in 2017 under head coach Doug Martin. In his first three seasons with New Mexico State, the team went 2-10, 3-9 and 3-9 before going 6-6 SU this season.

Utah State’s offense is potent, so it’s going to be imperative for New Mexico State to contain them early before they really get rolling. The unit cleared the 50-point mark on three occasions this season while averaging north of 30 per game.

OddsShark computer score prediction models picked a possible 31-27 win for New Mexico State early in the week. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Utah State Aggies vs New Mexico State Aggies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Mexico State Aggies currently sport a record of 6-6, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-5 ATS. The Utah State Aggies are 6-6 and 6-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen New Mexico State post a 5-7 OVER/UNDER record this season, while Utah State has gone 8-4 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Mexico State vs Utah State injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between No. 64-rated New Mexico State and No. 41-ranked Utah State, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New Mexico State's No. 51-ranked offense, averaging 30.27 PPG, against a Utah State defense that ranks No. 70 this week at 27 PPG. The New Mexico State aerial game is averaging 343.64 yards per game, more than the Utah State secondary allows through the air, 181.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, Utah State features the league's No. 126-rated road run defense, allowing 280 yards per game. New Mexico State, meanwhile, ranks No. 123 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Gerold Bright went over the 100-yard mark (102) in his team's latest effort, but Air Force still defeated Utah State by a score of 38-35.

Tyler Rogers throttled the Jaguars defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 451 yards as New Mexico State handed South Alabama a 22-17 defeat.

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