Previewing the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, which features two prolific offenses and questionable defenses.
Similar to the Wildcats, Nevada is capable of scoring plenty of points in a short amount of time. Their running attack ranked eighth in the nation with 247.5 yards a game, and junior tailback Stefphon Jefferson is the primary reason. Jefferson ran for 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns, which compares awfully similar to Ka'Deem Carey.
At quarterback, sophomore Cody Fajardo had a breakout season after playing sparingly as a sophomore. Fajardo threw for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing nearly 67 percent of his passes. He is also capable of running the ball effectively; on 168 carries, Fajardo rushed for 981 yards and 11 touchdowns. Containing him in the pocket will be a key for Arizona's defense if they hope to have a chance.
This game has the makings of being an offensive shootout. Both teams averaged upwards of 30 points a game this year, and there was very little to write about for either team's defense. Look for the coaching staffs to empty out the playbook in their final game of next year, especially given that a win would bring their respective program the eighth win of the season.
Game time, TV channel: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Online streaming video: Watch ESPN or ESPN3
Nevada: ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/630 AM
Arizona:1290 AM Tucson
National: ESPN Radio (Sirius XM 84 on satellite)
Point spread: The Wildcats opened as eight-point favorites, although some lines have given UA as much as a 10-point edge.
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