There’s one guarantee I can give you about Friday evening’s Arizona Bowl from Tucson: that the Aggies will win. It’s New Mexico State Aggies of the Sun Belt against the Utah State Aggies of the Mountain West squaring off in the desert. Utah State is a short betting favorite.
2017 Arizona Bowl Betting Prediction: New Mexico State vs. Utah StateCBSSports.com Radio: 1380 AM El Paso (New Mexico State) / KZNS 1280 (Utah State) Opening Arizona Bowl Lines: USU -3 (61.5)
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Bowl HistoryThis is one of the newest bowl games (and one of few not on ESPN) as the inaugural game was held on Dec. 29, 2015, between the Nevada and Colorado State. It was to be played between teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West, with the Sun Belt as a partner. But due to a lack of bowl-eligible Conference USA and Sun Belt teams to meet the tie-in, the game was played between Mountain West teams, marking the first time since 1979 that two teams from the same conference appeared in a non-championship bowl. The 2016 bowl saw Air Force beat South Alabama 45-21. Utah State and New Mexico State have a history in bowl games, as NMSU posted a 20-13 win against Utah State in the 1960 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Ironically, that was the last bowl game NMSU had appeared in prior to this season. Utah State and New Mexico State spent 26 years as conference foes as both were members of the Big West Conference from 1985-2000, members of the Sun Belt Conference from 2002-03, and members of the Western Athletic Conference from 2005-12.
Latest Arizona Bowl Betting Trends
- Utah State is 6-13 ATS in the last 19 games
- Utah State is 7-14 SU in the last 21 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of Utah State’s last 10 games
- New Mexico State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- New Mexico State is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of New Mexico State’s last 5 games when playing Utah State