Bowl Breakdown: New Mexico
The Lobos are making their fifth bowl appearance in six seasons, and for the second straight year, they'll be playing in front of their home crowd at University Stadium (where New Mexico is 5-1 this season).
Offensively, New Mexico is underwhelming -- ranking 84th in total offense (357.42 yards per game) and 78th in scoring offense (24.83 points per game) -- but the Lobos do boast a few notable playmakers. First-team All-Mountain West RB
While New Mexico's offense leaves something to be desired, the defense has been stout. The Lobos rank 23rd in total defense, giving up 329 yards per game. Bookends
New Mexico's best overall player is All-America kicker
It's been a season of what could have been for Nevada. The Wolf Pack went 3-5 in games decided by eight points or fewer, including a 69-67 quadruple-overtime loss to Boise State and a 28-26 defeat to Hawaii. But Hawaii's BCS berth opened up a bowl spot for the 6-6 'Pack.
Nevada has one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, racking up 488.92 yards per game. Hall of Fame coach
Nevada's defense hasn't matched its offensive success. The 'Pack give up nearly 404 yards and 33 points per game, though the unit did show improvement at the end of the season.
This marks the first time these two teams will face off since playing to a scoreless tie back in 1942. New Mexico is trying to snap a five-game bowl losing streak, while Nevada looks to finish above .500 for the third straight year. New Mexico has the better defense and the homefield advantage, but something tells me Kaepernick will flourish on this stage.