Utah State will face off against resurgent UTEP team in the Gildan New Mexico bowl. UTEP is 7-5 under second-year head coach Sean Kugler. UTEP has had struggled on the road this year going 2-4, however one of those wins was at New Mexico. UTEP's best wins this season has come at home against two .500 teams in Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee. The key match up for Utah State in this game is the Aggies stout run defense against UTEP's solid rushing attack
What: Gildan New Mexico Bowl
When: December 20th, 12:20 p.m. MT
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
2014 Season: Utah State Aggies 9-4, 6-2 (MW) ; UTEP 7-5, 5-3 (C-USA)
UTEP's rushing attack, 34th in the nation, is led by sophomore back Aaron Jones and senior back Nathan Jeffery. Jones who averages 5.7 yards a rush will test the Aggies rush defense. Senior quarterback Jameill Showers is in his second season as a starter. Showers has struggled with accuracy posting only a 55% completion percentage, but has been able to make some plays on the ground as the teams third leading rushers. UTEP's defense has struggled this year allowing 21 or more points in nine games and 30 or more in six.