DEC 14 - Week 17 College Football Expert Picks Texas San Antonio Vs New Mexico

Week 17 College: Texas San Antonio Vs New Mexico

Written by on December 14, 2016

You can spend the next couple of weeks worrying about Christmas shopping and wrapping presents, or you choose to chill out and watch the 40 bowl games that will be coming your way prior to the New Year. As is the case every year, there are some games that are better than others, but just being able to watch college football daily before it all ends for another year is a great reason to celebrate. The action gets under way this coming weekend, with a total of 5 bowl games on tap for Saturday. The first of those 5 sees the New Mexico Lobos (8-4) take on the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners (6-6) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos will be looking to cap off what has been a very good season for them, while the Roadrunners will be keen to end the year with a win that would put them over .500 for the season. New Mexico come into this game as a 7-point favorite over UTSA.

In Depth Analysis On The Week 17 College Football Expert Picks: Roadrunners Vs Lobos

When: Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM EST Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque TV: ESPN Live Stream: Watch ESPN NCAAF Odds: TBA  

Why bet on the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

If you haven’t heard of the UTSA Roadrunners, you really shouldn’t feel bad, as this is a team that is only in its 6th year of existence. This will be their first time playing in a bowl game, and they were able to get there by winning their final game of the season. Their best performance of the year may have come in a loss the previous week, which was when they went down 23-10 versus Texas A&M at College Station. They also had a very good win against Southern Miss earlier in the season, so despite their relative inexperience, this is still a team that cannot be overlooked. The Roadrunners were 4-3 ATS as an underdog during the regular season.

Why bet on the New Mexico Lobos

Perhaps the biggest reason to go with the Lobos in this game is the fact that they will be playing in their own building. That said, the Lobos did go just 3-3 at home during the regular season, but this is still a game that you would expect them to be able to win. New Mexico finished the season strong, winning 5 of their last 6, and that is the kind of roll that you want to be on when heading into a one-off bowl game. These two teams did hook up once before back in 2014, and it was the Lobos who came away with a 21-9 win in that one.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While it may not be the most glamorous bowl game on the schedule for the season, it is still a big deal for these two teams. This is especially true for the Roadrunners who will be making their first bowl appearance. I think they will be a little overmatched here.

UTSA Roadrunners 20 New Mexico Lobos 33