2022 New Mexico Bowl Odds - SMU vs. BYU Betting

New Mexico Bowl Odds - SMU vs. BYU

2022 New Mexico Bowl NCAA Football Betting

The BYU Cougars will play their final game as an independent before joining the Big 12 in July as they take on the SMU Mustangs in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 17. The most recent win for the Cougars was at Stanford in their regular season finale. It is BYU's second New Mexico Bowl appearance, its 17th bowl game in the last 18 seasons, and its sixth under head coach Kilani Sitake. In the fifth New Mexico Bowl, BYU defeated UTEP 52–24 in 2010. The Mustangs are newbies to the New Mexico Bowl and will be playing in Albuquerque for the first time since 1997, when they suffered a 22-15 defeat to the Lobos. SMU and the Lobos were both then Western Athletic Conference teams. SMU, which boasts the 11th-best scoring offense in the country, has won four of its previous five games. SMU has been chosen for a bowl game for the past four years, however the Mustangs haven't won a bowl game since 2012. Three previous meetings between the Mustangs and Cougars resulted in victories for BYU in all three games.

2022 New Mexico Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022

Time (ET) / TV: 7:30 PM / ABC

Venue: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Matchup: SMU Mustangs vs. BYU Cougars

College Football Betting Lines

BYU Cougars +2.5

SMU Mustangs -2.5

Total: 69

New Mexico Bowl Preview

The big question for the New Mexico Bowl is whether or not BYU quarterback Jaren Hall will play. He injured his ankle in the second half of the game against Stanford and missed the fourth quarter. “Jaren is banged up,” head coach Kilani Sitake said to the media, “He is not out for the game. … Hopefully we can get Jaren through this and get him on the field.” Hall has said he expects to play on Saturday, but that decision has not yet been made by the coaching staff. The main backup to Hall this season was Jacob Conover but he entered the transfer portal and is no longer with the team. Cade Fennegan, Nick Billoups, and Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters have been taking reps in preparation for Saturday. Fennegan played at Boise State as a freshman before he transferred to BYU. He has 28 career passing attempts. Billoups and Maiva-Peters are guys who are dual-threat options. On the other side, SMU star receiver Rashee Rice will not play. He had a school record 1,355 receiving yards this season. SMU went 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS this season with five games going over the total and seven going under. BYU went 7-5 SU and 4-8 ATS, with eight games going over the total and four going under. SMU averaged 38.4 points and put up 479.8 yards per contest, while they allowed 34.7 points and 446.2 yards per game. Tyler Lavine had 551 rushing yards to lead the team, Tanner Mordecai threw for 3,306 yards, while Rashee Rice had 1,355 receiving yards.

BYU averaged 31.9 points and put up 440.5 yards per contest, while giving up 30 points and allowing 410 yards per game. Christopher Brooks led the team with 725 rushing yards, Jaren Hall threw for 3,171 yards, while Puka Nacua had 625 receiving yards.

New Mexico Bowl Prediction

Neither of these defenses was very good and both teams have potent offenses so it should be a high scoring game. The Mustangs have the edge on offense and with the injury to Hall, they should have the overall edge in this game. We’ll look for SMU to win and cover and for the game to go over the total.

New Mexico Bowl Format

Founded in 2006, the New Mexico Bowl is played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the New Mexico Lobos. The conference tie-ins are now the Mountain West Conference and CUSA. The payout for the New Mexico Bowl is $1.05 million.

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New Mexico Bowl Past Results

2021 Fresno State UTEP 31-24
2020 Hawaii Houston 28-14
2019 San Diego State Central Michigan 48-11
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

Six different programs have won the New Mexico Bowl in the past six years. In recent editions of this bowl game, the winning team usually scores a high number of points. Since 2008, the winning team has scored at least 31 points or more.

Most All-Time Wins

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

Four teams share the New Mexico Bowl record of two wins. Specifically, those programs are New Mexico, Colorado State, Arizona, and Utah State. Utah State is the most recent two-time winner in 2014 and 2018.

2022-23 College Football Bowl Games

Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl 11:30 AM / ESPN Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Troy vs. UTSA
Dec. 17 Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Dec. 17 Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 LA Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Fresno State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lendingtree Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Southern Miss vs. Rice
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Florida vs. Oregon State
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Boise State vs. North Texas
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN UConn vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Air Force vs. Baylor
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM / ESPN Utah State vs. Memphis
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl 6:45 PM / ESPN East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl 10:15 PM / ESPN Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Duke vs. UCF
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / FOX Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Washington vs. Texas
Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Maryland vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS Pitt vs. UCLA
Dec. 30 Gator Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Clemson vs. Tennessee
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Alabama vs. Kansas State
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN No. 1 Georgia vs. No 4. Ohio State
Dec. 31 VRBO Fiesta Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN USC vs. Tulane
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl 5:00 PM / ESPN Penn State vs. Utah
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD / ESPN CFP Semifinals Winners

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