The PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET in the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game annually is held at New Mexico’s University Stadium in Albuquerque. This season, the SMU Mustangs (7-5) take on the BYU Cougars (7-5) in the Coogs’ last game before moving to the Big 12. Below, we’ll look at New Mexico Bowl odds and bowl history.
New Mexico Bowl odds
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This game opened with the highest over/under of any bowl game at 74.5; that number has since been bet way down to . With higher-total games also comes higher variance. SMU jumped three points well after open and the total crashed seven points.
All signs point to SMU star QB Tanner Mordecai playing in this game despite having declared for the NFL Draft. This, however, could change. Should it, four-star Preston Stone is a talented backup and is the highest-rated prospect ever for SMU per 247Sports. Star receiver Rashee Rice, the nation’s top yardage getter on a per-game basis (112.9), will not play in the game.
Either QB, armed with a good receiving corps even without Rice, should be able to take advantage of this BYU defense. The Cougars struggled all season long to defend much of anything, finishing 115th in points per drive allowed. The offense, when firing on all cylinders, is one of college football’s finest, highlighted by the ridiculous 77-point outing SMU had against Houston earlier this year.
BYU star QB Jarren Hall suffered an injury in the Cougars’ last game of the season. He is unlikely to play in this game and his backup transferred out. SMU’s defense ranks 121st in points per drive this season and has allowed 36.4 points per game on the year, but with a third-string or worse QB in the mix, it may be a tough outing for BYU.
Notable Opt Outs
SMU: WR Rashee Rice
BYU: LB Keenan Pili
New Mexico Bowl betting
Fresno State was an 11.5-point favorite heading into the 2021 New Mexico Bowl over upstart UTEP. The Bulldogs would win the game 31-24, with UTEP covering and over 52.5 points cashing. Bulldog running back Jordan Mims rushed for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Fresno State’s first game without coach Kalen deBoer, who left to coach Washington in the offseason.
QB Jake Haener had previously announced his intent to transfer away– sparking a lot of speculation that he would follow deBoer to Washington– but returned and played in this game.
Fresno State was one of the more popular picks with high confidence in bowl confidence pools.
Before underdog UTEP covered last year, Hawaii pulled off an outright upset of Houston as 7.5-point underdogs in 2020, 28-14. Prior to 2020, favorites had ran away with two straight games. San Diego State covered a 3.5-point spread over Central Michigan in 2019 and Utah State covered -7 against North Texas, both coming away with nearly 40-point wins. Three straight seasons from 2015-17 saw the underdog cover, with one outright upset.
11 underdogs have covered in 16 all-time New Mexico Bowl games.
Between 2008-13, six straight overs hit in this game, but overs and unders have split evenly the past eight years. In total, 10 overs have hit in 16 all-time games.
Below are historical results of the New Mexico Bowl.
The first New Mexico Bowl was played in 2006, where San Jose State upset New Mexico 20-12..
|December 17, 2022||BYU||24||SMU||23|
|December 18, 2021||Fresno State||31||UTEP||24|
|December 24, 2020||Hawaii||28||Houston||14|
|December 21, 2019||San Diego State||48||Central Michigan||11|
|December 15, 2018||Utah State||52||North Texas||13|
|December 16, 2017||Marshall||31||Colorado State||28|
|December 17, 2016||New Mexico||23||UTSA||20|
|December 19, 2015||Arizona||45||New Mexico||37|
|December 20, 2014||Utah State||21||UTEP||6|
|December 21, 2013||Colorado State||48||Washington State||45|
|December 15, 2012||Arizona||49||Nevada||48|
|December 17, 2011||Temple||37||Wyoming||15|
|December 18, 2010||BYU||52||UTEP||24|
|December 19, 2009||Wyoming||35||Fresno State||28 (2OT)|
|December 20, 2008||Colorado State||40||Fresno State||35|
|December 22, 2007||New Mexico||23||Nevada||0|
|December 23, 2006||San Jose State||20||New Mexico||12|
When is the 2022 New Mexico Bowl?
The 2022 New Mexico Bowl will be played on Dec. 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Where is the New Mexico Bowl?
New Mexico’s University Stadium in Albuquerque hosts the New Mexico Bowl. It is one of 12 stadiums primarily used as a home venue for an FBS team that also hosts a bowl.
Who is playing in the 2022 New Mexico Bowl?
SMU (7-5) plays BYU (7-5) in this year’s New Mexico Bowl.