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New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. UTSA Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Looking for a New Mexico vs. UTSA prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the match-up.

Saturday, December 17, the New Mexico Lobos (8-4) take on the UTSA Roadrunners (6-6). The game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM. Read on for our New Mexico vs. UTSA prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, New Mexico wins the match-up between the two teams 66.0 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Lobos are favored to win the contest.

Spread: New Mexico -7

Game Time: 2:00 p.m. E.T.

Channel: ESPN

New Mexico vs. UTSA preview:

After a shaky 2-3 start to the season, the Lobos won six of their last seven to finish the season 8-4 and first in the Mountain West. The key to success? Running the football. New Mexico ranks first in the nation with a surreal 361 yards on the ground per game. It's enough to make up for a suspect defense and a messy quarterback situation where time is usually split.

UTSA has been up and down all season, but finished strong with a 33-14 win over Charlotte to make themselves bowl eligible. The Roadrunner have their work cut out for them against the Lobos, but they don't turn the ball over and the defense can hold its own. They're underdogs, certainly, but they'll have plenty of opportunities to score against a revolving-door defense.

New Mexico vs. UTSA prediction:

New Mexico caps off their phenomenal season with a bowl win. It just doesn't seem likely that the Roadrunners will be able to stop the Lobos' potent rushing attack. The Roadrunners will stay close all game, but New Mexico will control the clock and make a couple key stops in the fourth quarter. In what will essentially be a home game for the Lobos, they get it done.

New Mexico 35, UTSA 27