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New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs BYU

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2008 New Mexico Bowl Pick: Fresno St -3, lost
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Saturday, December 18th
University Stadium - Albuquerque, NM

The college football bowl season kicks off with the New Mexico bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The chosen participants to kickoff the bowl season will be the BYU Cougars and the University of Texas-El Paso Miners. The latest college football odds for this game has the Cougars listed as 12 point favorites over the Miners.

If college football games are won in the trenches, then the Miners may have the edge in this game. On the offensive line the Miners had six fifth-year seniors starting and another senior as one of the top backups at the start of the season. Then injuries plagued the line all season long and they started eight different combinations on the line throughout the season. This allowed the line to be flexible for different combinations and experienced for this bowl game. With a month off before the bowl game the line is well rested and will be pivotal in keeping the miners in this game. Will Ozolinsky will be the only offensive lineman that will not be suited up for the bowl game as he I out with a broken leg.

The UTEP Miners seem to be very excited about playing in the New Mexico bowl because it will allow the fan base to make the trip and support the team. BYU never has problems traveling and has a very loyal fan base, although they would have preferred a better bowl selection.

In press conference Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall, called the Miners offense explosive and praised the offense of the miners. The Cougar defense will have a tough time containing that offense and breaking through a superior offensive line.

BYU freshman quarterback Jake Heaps will play for this game but is still suffering from a sore shoulder and ribs. The Cougars finished the season with a loss to rival Utah and a 6-6 record. In a season filled with change and adversity the Cougars will just go through the motions in this game and the Miners have a very good chance to win this game outright. The Miners are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games against the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.

BTB's Pick: UTEP +12

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History and past results of the New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico Bowl Past Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/23/06
San Jose State
20
New Mexico
12
12/22/07
New Mexico
23
Nevada
0
12/20/08
Colorado St
40
Fresno St
35
12/19/09
Wyoming 2(OT)
35
Fresno St
28

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