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New Mexico Bowl: North Texas Mean Green vs. Utah State Aggies


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Sat., Dec 15, 2:00 p.m. ET in Albuquerque, NM

Three things to know before betting on the New Mexico Bowl:

1. Over the last three seasons, the Mean Green are 0-7 against the spread when playing away from home against teams with a completion percentage of 58% or better. North Texas was also just 0-6 against the spread after games where it forced one or fewer turnovers this season, and covered in only one of its final eight games. Meanwhile, Utah State was an impressive 9-3 against the spread on the year. The Aggies came extremely close to playing in the Mountain West Championship Game, but were unable to earn a big road win against Boise State in the final week of the regular season. One issue this Utah State team is facing is the fact that Matt Wells will not be coaching in this one. Wells agreed to become the new head coach at Texas Tech, and he is bringing offensive coordinator David Yost with him. But Frank Maile—who will be in charge of this team until Gary Andersen comes back for his second stint with Utah State—knows that he’s best off not changing anything here. Wells’s up-tempo spread system is the reason Utah State was so good this year, and that is the team’s biggest advantage against North Texas.

read more:  https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/12/04/new-mexico-bowl-north-texas-utah-state-odds-picks-betting-preview

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Just two weeks ago, Utah State found itself in a tremendous position. The 10–1 Aggies had a chance to win the Mountain West’s aptly named Mountain Division by beating Boise State. A win in that game, followed by a win in the MWC title game, would have pulled Matt Wells’s team one UCF loss away from a possible New Year’s Six bowl appearance.


Fast forward to now: Utah State lost its chance at a Mountain West title and will play North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl instead, and Wells won’t be joining them in Albuquerque.

Wells is off to replace Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech, and he’s bringing coordinators David Yost and Keith Patterson with him. Interim coach Frank Maile has said that all three will be involved in preparing for North Texas, but it’s doubtful any of them will be on the sideline. It’s hard to imagine a more significant turnover staff-wise before a bowl game.

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