Bandit Ref: 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Preview

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BanditRef has, through either sheer masochism or an actual commitment to you the reader, decided to preview the over 9000 college football bowl games this season.

This Bowl season starts out with a real bang, if bang is the cute nickname you use for cacti.  Arizona vs. Nevada looks to be another fine match up in the long history of the New Mexico Bowl.

The New Mexico Bowl has been around since 2006, when people rode dinosaurs and used a beaver as a can opener like Fred Flintstone. This year’s New Mexico Bowl will be a match up between two former territories of Mexico, playing in a third former territory of Mexico. Say what you want about bowls being only about money, but it’s hard to argue with that kind of tradition.

Nevada is coming off a respectable 7-5 season, and has a great running back in Stephon Jackson with over 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns. Nevada’s last game of the season was a heartbreaker against Tim Brando’s Boise State Fighting Ointment Flies. Nevada is also appearing in it’s eighth straight bowl, something some SEC teams could only dream of, [cough] Auburn [cough] Tennessee. Can Nevada man up on defense and get their run game established, or will they wilt before their mighty opponent?

Arizona is of course led by the all-knowing Rich Rodriguez and features a powerful offense … that has lost three straight games to ranked opponents. Arizona has followed the course laid out by many Rich Rodriguez-led teams:

1. Have a decent start

2. Mid-season floundering

3. Give way to mediocrity on offense and atrociousness on defense.

There is also always a chance that Rita Rodriguez could break free of her chains and terrorize the village.

The Details:

The 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday December 15, 2012

1:00 PM East on ESPN

Bandits Pick:

Arizona is an 8-point favorite in this one. Take Nevada.

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