New Mexico Bowl Playoff
On Saturday December 18th, UTEP’s Miners face off against BYU’s Cougars in the 5th annual New Mexico Bowl which will be played at University Stadium in New Mexico. Kick-Off’s set for 12:04p.m. Mountain Time and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN HD.
At current, Sportsbook.com is offering the following odds:
So far this season we’ve seen BYU, ranked top 50 nationally in pass efficiency defence, turnover margin, scoring defence, pass defence, total defence, rushing offense, and sacks allowed, kick ass in the Mountain West Conference, we’ve also seen them blow when they met up against non-conference opponents. The Coug’s on the other hand have won 5 of 8 games played in the MWC but faltered overall, finishing 6-6.
The New Mexico Bowl marks the first time UTEP and BYU have faced each other on the field since the two of them met at the Western Athletic Conference clear back in 1998. BYU will be representing the MWC in the bowl this year, lead by their head coach Bronco Mendelian. BYU’s Junior QB Riley Nelson is out on a shoulder injury so we’ll see Frosh QB Jake Heaps who’s thrown a total of 2,053 yards this year, for 11 touchdowns and a total of 8 interceptions.
Heaps didn’t get off to a glowing start however, we’ve seen him improve throughout the year. By the end of the season, Heaps is completing 55% of passes thrown.
Thus far we’ve seen the Cougars participate in 29 college bowls throughout the schools history.
Out of the last five bowl games, the BYU Cougars have won three.
The Cougars aren’t the only team with key players out on injury of course, the Miners Defensive Caption Braxton Amy was taken out by a tear in his Achilles tendon as well. Their Quarterback, Trevor Vittatoe, a senior threw for 2,511 yards this year, including 19 touchdowns.