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    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    Where: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET
    Spread: Utah State -4
    Over/Under Total: 62
    Quick Pick: Lean on Utah State Moneyline Play

    A battle of two teams called ďAggiesĒ will face off as the New Mexico State Aggies take on the Utah State Aggies in the 2017 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl. This game is being played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET and can be watched on CBS Sports Network.


    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    The Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl is a football game that is played during the NCAA College Bowl season.

    The Arizona Bowl has been around for 2 prior games and this is the third year overall for the bowl. Nova Home Loans has been the primary sponsor for the Arizona Bowl since its inception in 2015.

    The Arizona Bowl feature conference tie-ins with the Mountain West and the Sun Belt Conference. This year, the Utah State Aggies will represent the Mountain West Conference and the New Mexico State Aggies will represent the Sun Belt. This is the first year that both of these teams will appear in the Arizona Bowl.


    Previous Matchup History

    New Mexico State and Utah State are old familiar foes from their days playing in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) from 2005-2012, Sun Belt in 2002-2003 and Big West from 1985-2000. They have faced each other a total of 37 times, with Utah State holding a decisive edge 30W-7L. Utah State has won the last 3 games straight against New Mexico State and 5 out of their last 6 overall.

    New Mexico State Aggies 6-6 (Sun Belt Conference)

    The New Mexico State Aggies will be appearing in a bowl for the first time since 1960! But making that bowl bid wasnít easy! The Aggies started out the year 2-4 and barely beat some lower level teams. They finished up the regular season by winning 3 of their final 4 games to get bowl eligible.

    In their final game of the regular season, the NM ST Aggies defeated South Alabama 22-17. QB Tyler Rogers threw for 451 yards and led the Aggies to their first bowl in 57 years. Rogers has completed 62.3% of his passing attempts on the year and thrown for 3825 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 INTís. New Mexico State will throw it early and often. They throw the ball a ton and rank 4th in the nation in passing yards per game.

    New Mexico State has only appeared in 3 bowl games in the history of the program and have a 2-0-1 record in those bowls. Their 3 prior bowl were all in the Sun Bowls, with the last one coming in 1960! New Mexico State has covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 non-conference games with a 6-0-1 ATSrecord.


    Utah State 6-6 (Mountain West Conference)


    The Utah State Aggies ended the regular season with a 6-6 SU and ATS record. They played 9 of their 12 games over the posted total thanks to an offense that posted 35 or more points in 6 of their games. The Utah State Aggies are coming in off a 38-35 loss to Air Force after shutting out Hawaii in the game prior 38-0.

    Utah State is playing in their 6th bowl game in 7 years. They have played in a total of 11 bowls and have a record of 4-6 overall in those bowl games. In their last bowl game, the Aggies lost to Akron in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 23-21.

    The Utah State Aggies have been an especially tough team when they are coming in off a bye under head coach Matt Wells. The Aggies are 8-1 when they are coming in off a bye or more than 1 week off under Wells.

    Jordan Love leads the Aggies on offense at the QB position. Love has started the past 6 games for the Aggies and has racked up 1377 yards, 8 TDís and 6 INTís. Love took over the starters position from Kent Myers, who passed for 1278 yards, 8 TDís and 7 INTís. Both Love and Myers have had their struggles on the year with turning the ball over and need to get more consistent in the bowl game.


    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Handicapping

    Utah State creates turnovers and creates them in bunches! They forced 26 turnovers on the year, 15 forced fumbles and 11 INTís. They are 9th in the nation in turnovers and will be a handful for New Mexico Stateís QB Rogers, who has thrown 16 INTís on the year. Utah State has scored touchdowns in 9 of their 12 games that were not offensive scores. If they continue to put this defensive pressure on New Mexico State,

    Spookyís Selection

    We are 100% certain that the Aggies will win this gameÖÖOK, all jokes aside, we see Utah State winning by little more than a field goal. Bookmaker has the line in this game at Utah State -4. We are leaning to Utah State on the Moneyline but we recommend that you sit tight for now and we will update as we get closer to the game.

    Spooky Express Pick: Lean on Utah State Moneyline Play

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/

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    ***Update***
    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl


    We liked Utah State at -3 or the moneyline when it first came out but we are not comfortable laying the points, nor are we comfortable with taking the points so we will make this one of the games that we will pass on. We have Utah State winning this game by a field goal but the line has gone up to 4.5, some places have it as high as 5.5-6.

    Spooky Express Pick: Utah State -3

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