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2012 Bowl Games: Arizona to play Nevada in New Mexico Bowl

Reports indicate the Wildcats will get the Pac-12's final bowl slot.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Wildcats are set to take on Nevada at the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, according to multiple reports. Many felt the 'Cats would be heading to New Mexico following their deflating loss to Arizona State last week, although there was some slight hope for the Las Vegas Bowl.

The New Mexico Bowl, which is the first bowl game of the year, will be played on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. MT. It will be televised on ESPN.

Arizona finished the year 7-5 despite playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. Under the direction of new head coach Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats featured one of the best offenses in the country. Led by senior quarterback Matt Scott and tailback Ka'Deem Carey, who led the nation in rushing yards, UA averaged 37 points a game in 2012.

As for the Wolf Pack, they began the season 6-1, although they've dropped four of their last five contests. Similar to Arizona, Nevada has a potent offense, but also a young, inexperienced defense that really struggled at times.