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New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. Arizona

New Mexico hopes to make use of home field advantage as they will be hosting Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl.

The Lobos play a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can Jhurell Pressley and UNM benefit from home-field advantage?
The Lobos play a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can Jhurell Pressley and UNM benefit from home-field advantage?
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Date and Time: Saturday, Dec. 19th at 2 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Stadium: University Stadium (capacity 39,224)

The Arizona Wildcats (6-6) will represent the Pac-12 in this match up. We will get into more extensive coverage the game draws nearer, but Arizona will feature a balanced attack that highlights running back Nick Wilson (725 rushing yards for the year), sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon (2,338 passing yards) and wide receiver Cayleb Jones (726 receiving yards).

The Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl last year, though they were defeated 30-38 by Boise State. Since New Mexico beat the Broncos this year, and the Broncos beat Arizona last year, it stands to reason that UNM will defeat Arizona, right?

If you've followed the Lobos at all this season, you know exactly what to expect. We will see heavy doses of the triple option and Lamar Jordan, Jhurell Pressley and Teriyon Gipson will be rushing the ball regularly. The three will be key to a Lobos victory. The Lobos return to a bowl game after an 8 year hiatus.

Their last bowl game was coincidentally the New Mexico Bowl in 2007, which they won convincingly, 23-0 over Nevada. This will be their first bowl game during the Bob Davie-era. Obviously they hope to rely on home-field advantage, although Tucson is not so far away that Wildcats' fans could be in abundance.

Keep checking in with Mountain West Connection for updates over the next twelve days.