2019 New Mexico Bowl Betting Odds

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2019 New Mexico Bowl - Central Michigan Chippewas vs. San Diego State Aztecs

New Mexico Bowl Betting

Among the top bowls that kick off the post season each December is the New Mexico Bowl that is held in the picturesque setting of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s New Mexico Bowl features a compelling coaching matchup between Jim McElwain of the Central Michigan Chippewas and Rocky Long of the San Diego State Aztecs. McElwain led the Chips to the MAC Championship Game in his first year on the job.  He is best known for leading the Florida Gators to a pair of SEC Championship Game appearances. Long is the former head coach of the local New Mexico Lobos.

2019 New Mexico Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Venue: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Matchup: Central Michigan Chippewas vs. San Diego State Aztecs

Odds: San Diego State -4, total 41.5

2019 New Mexico Bowl Game Preview

The Central Michigan Chippewas have a record of 8-5 straight up, 9-4 against the spread, with 9-4 over the total. CMU won the West Division title of the MAC this year. McElwain is a fascinating story of a coach on the comeback trail. He actually lives in the barn of his Central Michigan Athletic Director. As one would expect McElwain brings a good offense to this matchup. The former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator leads the nation’s 27th ranked offense to the New Mexico Bowl.

Defensively the Chippewas are a respectable 38th in the county. Quarterback Quinten Dormady triggered the Chips for 2148 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Running back Jonathan Ward kept defenses guessing with 1082 yards rushing with 6.2 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns.

The San Diego State Aztecs have a record of 9-3 straight up, 7-5 against the spread with 1-11 under the total. The Aztecs were co-champions of the Mountain West Conference West Division. Defense is the strength of the Aztecs as SDSU is ranked fifth overall in the nation and fourth for points allowed. Offensively San Deigo State struggled with nation metrics of 115th for total offense and 119th for scoring. Quarterback Ryan Agnew threw for 2165 yards and 11 touchdown passes for the Aztecs this season. Kobe Smith was Agnew’s favorite target with 673 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Running back Juwan Howard powered for 500 yards and 3.3 yards per carry with two touchdowns.

New Mexico Bowl Format

Launched in 2006, the New Mexico Bowl was previously sponsored by Gildan from 2011 through 2017. It is owned and operated by ESPN Events. In most cases teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA get the first opportunities for bids to this bowl. The New Mexico Bowl Trophy is made out of Zia Pueblo pottery.

New Mexico Bowl Game Results

2018 Utah State North Texas 52-13
2017 Marshall Colorado State 31-28
2016 New Mexico UTSA 23-20
2015 Arizona New Mexico 45-37
2014 Utah State UTEP 21-6
2013 Colorado State Washington State 48-45
2012 Arizona Nevada 49-48
2011 Temple Wyoming 37-15
2010 BYU UTEP 52-24
2009 Wyoming Fresno State 35-28
2008 Colorado State Fresno State 40-35
2007 New Mexico Nevada 23-0
2006 San Jose State New Mexico 20-12

The New México Bowl is the only nationally televised sporting event in the state and it has had some interesting games. The lone overtime contest came in 2009, when Wyoming knocked off Fresno State, 35-28, in double overtime. The inaugural game in 2006, which featured San Jose State beating New México, 20-12, was the first bowl game played in New México.

The 2012 matchup was the wildest of the bunch. Arizona scored a pair of touchdowns in the last 42 seconds to knock off Nevada, 49-48. It was both the highest-scoring and closest margin of victory in the bowl game’s history. Despite its affiliation that dates back to 2014, Marshall became the first C-USA team to win the New Mexico Bowl with its 31-28 victory over Colorado State in 2017. Utah State tied for the most points in New México Bowl history by putting up 52 last year.

Gildan has been the title sponsor since 2011. The New México Bowl trophy is a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo pottery and the payout topped $1M for the first time last year.

Some New México Bowl game MVPs in the past include San Jose State wideout James Jones, Temple linebacker Tahir Whitehead, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright and New México quarterback Lamar Jordan. There are both offensive and defensive MVPs named after each game.

Most All-Time Wins at New Mexico Bowl

2 Arizona 2012, 2015
2 Colorado State 2008, 2013
2 New Mexico 2007, 2016
2 Utah State 2014, 2018

Not surprising that the Lobos have appeared in the most New Mexico Bowl games with four, splitting those decisions. It only makes sense that if they are bowl eligible they stick around and help with promoting the game and the gate. The Lobos played in the first two contests, losing the maiden event to San Jose State in 2006 and defeating Nevada the next year. They also made back-to-back appearances in 2015 and 2016, losing to Arizona and topping UTSA.

Arizona has only played in the New México Bowl twice and emerged victorious each time. The first was that wild win over Nevada and the second came over the host Lobos by a score of 45-37 in 2015. Utah State did the same, knocking off UTEP by a score of 21-6 in 2014 before the 2018 rout over North Texas.

Colorado State is the other program with a pair of wins at the New México Bowl. The Rams beat Fresno State, 40-35, back in 2008 and then defeated Washington State, 48-45, in 2013. Fresno State, Nevada and UTEP have all made two trips to the New Mexico Bowl and failed to come out victorious each time.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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