College Football Betting: Lean Host Lobos In New Mexico Bowl Vs. UTSA

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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:57 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 7:57 PM UTC

The 2016 bowl schedule begins on Dec. 17 in what's a home game for the University of New Mexico as it faces Texas-San Antonio in the New Mexico Bowl from University Stadium in Albuquerque. The Lobos are -7 on college football odds.

Roadrunners Make School History

Texas-San Antonio has one of the better nicknames in FBS football: the Roadrunners. They finished the regular season at 6-6 and 5-3 in Conference USA, good for second in the West Division behind Louisiana Tech. UTSA got bowl eligible with a home win over Charlotte in its regular-season finale. Roadrunners QB Dalton Sturm completed 18 of 33 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while senior QB Jared Johnson came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw for 128 yards and another score. Kerry Thomas Jr. set a program record with 145 receiving yards on five catches, including a 73-yard TD on the third play from scrimmage. UTSA had 520 yards of offense. First-year head coach Frank Wilson, a former LSU assistant, was carried off the field after the win.

UTSA, in its sixth season of play, matched the NCAA record for the fastest program to reach a bowl game, equaling South Alabama (2014) and Georgia State (2015), which both earned bowl berths in their sixth campaign. 

Seven Roadrunners earned All-Conference USA honors, led by freshman linebacker Josiah Tauaefa. He is the first Roadrunner to earn first-team C-USA accolades in UTSA's four years in the league. Tauaefa leads the Roadrunners with a school-record 104 tackles, which is third among all FBS freshmen. He also has 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception.

Texas-San Antonio averaged 29.3 points during the season and allowed 28.3. It was 6-6 ATS on college football odds.


Lobos Run, Run And Run

New Mexico finished 8-4 overall and in a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West's Mountain Division with a 6-2 record alongside Boise State and Wyoming, which won the tiebreaker even though New Mexico beat the Cowboys 56-35 in the regular-season finale. Teriyon Gipson ran for a career-best 217 yards and two touchdowns and Richard McQuarley had three touchdowns and 121 yards. Lobos quarterback Lamar Jordan had a career-best with 176 yards on the ground. UNM rushed for 568 yards, the most ever allowed by Wyoming.

If you like running the ball, UNM is your team. It leads the nation in rushing at 360.9 yards per game. Four players -- Gipson (1,209 yards, Tyrone Owens (1,084), Jordan (658) and McQuarley (588) -- rushed for at least 580 yards. New Mexico had 636 rushing attempts on the year compared to only 173 pass attempts. The Lobos' leading receiver is Dameon Gambling with just 22 catches. Owens missed the season finale with a foot injury but is expected to play in the bowl.

This is be UNM’s fourth appearance in the New Mexico Bowl, which just so happens to match the number of times the Lobos have been bowl-eligible since the game’s inception in 2006. UNM is 1-2 in the game. It lost 45-37 to Arizona last year. New Mexico has won exactly just one bowl game since 1961.

New Mexico and UTSA played a home-and-home series in 2013-14. Both teams won a low-scoring game on the road. The Lobos are 6-6 ATS on college football picks this year.

NCAAF Free Pick: New Mexico -7Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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