Gildan New Mexico Bowl First Look: Arizona vs. New Mexico

    A first look at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl matchup between the Arizona Wildcats and the New Mexico Lobos

    December 7, 2015

    The 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl will feature a matchup between the Arizona Wildcats vs. New Mexico Lobos

    Gildan New Mexico Bowl Broadcast Info

    Date: Saturday, December 19
    Time: 2:00 pm ET
    Network: ESPN
    Venue: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 

    What a difference a year made for Arizona

    At this time last season, the Wildcats were Pac-12 South champions preparing for a Big Six bowl appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. This fall, the team was fortunate to even qualify for a spot in the postseason. The defense was never the same after losing tone-setting All-American LB Scooby Wright to an injury, allowing more than 50 points in three league games. Arizona did upset Utah late in the year to briefly move above .500, but then folded a week later at ASU. All that’s left now is to avoid the school’s first losing season since 2011.

    New Mexico’s Nice Surprise

    Head coach Bob Davie has been trying and toiling and pushing to try getting New Mexico football back among the living again. The defense hasn’t always been stellar, but the running game has been terrific over his era. This time around, it all worked over the second half of the season. The Lobos didn’t win the Mountain West title, but they managed to beat Utah State, Boise State – on the road – and Air Force as part of a fantastic November, and now the momentum has to carry over. It’s a team built for a long layoff – that running game isn’t going cold. And now this could be just the beginning of a new phase of New Mexico football, and not necessarily be a culmination.

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