The 2009 College Football bowl season kicks off Saturday, Dec. 19, with the Fresno State Bulldogs against the Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl. The first bowl game can be watched live on ESPN from Albuquerque, New Mexico as the Bulldogs and Cowboys play on the grass field.
Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl game will be the 10th bowl that Fresno State has played in over the last 11 years. The oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs favored by just 10 points after the line opened favoring them by 12 points earlier this week.
The posted total for this bowl game is sitting at 55 points so the bookmakers expect a high-scoring game Saturday afternoon. The Fresno State Bulldogs have not had much success in bowl games with eight consecutive bowl game losses. WAC teams that have allowed 35 points or more in their last game are just 4-17 SU (straight up) in their next game. This betting trend does not look good for the Bulldogs who allowed 52 points in their last game.
The Wyoming Cowboys have covered the spread in all three of their last bowl games against teams with winning records of .750 or less.
The Cowboys defense needs to shut down the nation's leading rusher Ryan Mathews (who averaged 151.7 rushing yards per game this season) if they expect to keep this game close. Cowboys kicker Ian Watts kicked a field goal to give his team the win over Colorado State and a spot in the New Mexico bowl and he will be used plenty in Saturday's game.
Consider betting the "Under 55" in this bowl game Saturday since Fresno State will try to control the tempo of the game with Ryan Mathews on the ground.
Check out our expert's picks for the New Mexico Bowl and come out on the winning side Saturday afternoon.