Is it the 2017 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl or the Aggies Bowl as New Mexico State (6-6) takes on Utah State (6-6). New Mexico State comes into this bowl with a two-game winning streak and after going 3-2 for their last five games. They finished fifth in C-USA with a 4-4 record. USU was 3-2 for their final five games. They lost their last game of the season 38-35 to Air Force. Utah State finished fourth in the MWC Mountain Division with a 4-4 record. Our New Mexico State plays Utah State 2017 Arizona Bowl pick has NMSU at -4.0 and the under/over at either 63 or 64.
New Mexico State Overview
It is the NMS passing game that accumulates yards and puts points on the scoreboard. The Aggies are averaging 353 YPG in the air and putting up 29.6 PPG. QB Tyler Rogers (62.3 COMP%, 26 TDs, 16 INTs) has a strong connection with WR Jaleel Scott. Scott has 73 catches for over 1,000 yards. He’s scored eight times. Three other receivers have 35 or more catches. RB Larry Rose III has 171 carries for 807 yards and nine TDs, while RB Jason Huntley is averaging 6.3 YPA. The New Mexico State defense is allowing 30.5 PPG and is having a tough time controlling the ground attack.
NMU Aggies Summary
- Solid rush attack
- Passing game is productive
- D is weak versus the run
Utah State Overview
Utah State has a very active rush attack that is averaging 170 YPG. They are putting up 31.0 PPG. The Aggies have been going with two QBs. Neither QB Jordan Love nor Kent Myers are noted for having great passing chops. Between them they have tossed 16 TD passes and 13 picks. WR Ron’quavion Tarver tops all receivers with 40 receptions and seven TDs. RB LaJuan Hunt is the offense’s top performer with 149 rushes for 695 yards and 10 TDs. The Aggies cannot seem to stop opponent rush attacks. They’ve been allowing opponents 220 ground-yards per contest. Teams are averaging 27.0 PPG against them.
USU Aggies Summary
- Cannot stop rush
- Utah State ground attack is sound
- Passing game can be an adventure
Three Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Takeaways
Our New Mexico State plays Utah State 2017 Arizona Bowl pick three major takeaways are-
- QB edge to NMS
- Defensive edge to USU
- Rush attack edge to NMS
Our 2017 Arizona Bowl Pick
Our New Mexico State plays Utah State 2017 Arizona Bowl pick sees this contest as topping out at over 64 points. We are taking the over at 63.0. We’re also taking NMS at -4.0.