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New Mexico Bowl Looks Like Old-Fashioned Shootout

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The 2012 college football bowl season gets underway this weekend with the New Mexico Bowl as the Arizona Wildcats face the Nevada Wolfpack in Albuquerque. This is a battle of two teams that finished 7-5 in the regular season so in theory, it should be a close game. I do believe it will be close but high-scoring.

Nevada is terrible against the run and could give up over 350 yards on the ground to the Wildcats and the nation’s leading rusher in Ka’Deem Carey. Carey will likely finish with over 250 yards rushing in this contest and two or three touchdowns. The thing is that Arizona is just as awful on defense as Nevada so these two teams will likely end up scoring over 90 points between the two of them, which will make for some great television at 1 p.m. Eastern Saturday.

I think that this is a game where the last team with the football will end up winning because of how bad both defenses are. Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo has over 3,500 yards of total offense and will probably rack up another 350 in this game. If Fajardo does what he does and Carey runs like he normally does, those two will be the stars of this game without any doubt in my mind. I think one of these teams will get past the half-century mark by the end in a game that will last close to four hours. In the end, I see Nevada pulling this game out 52-49.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.