No, it’s not the Las Vegas Bowl (Washington beat Arizona out in that one) or the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco (Arizona State won out that bid), but Arizona is headed to New Mexico for extra play in a bowl game after only one year under new head coach RichRod. After going 7-5 and winning 3 more games than most people realistically anticipated before the season began, Arizona has exceeded expectations for the year and will be rewarded for it–especially the seniors. That’s a win in my book.
On December 15 at 11:00am Arizona time (ESPN), Arizona will face a respectable Nevada team (7-5) that ranks 7th in the nation in rushing and 20th in points scored. The intrigue of the game is not just the fact that both teams boast of having two of the top offenses in the nation, but also the fact that they also have two of the top running backs in the nation. Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey leads the nation in rushing yards for a running back (1757), while Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson comes in at third (1703).
The good news for Arizona fans is the time the game will be played. Fans have time to watch the game and then get a flight home in time to catch the tip-off of the Arizona v. Flordia basketball game, which doesn’t begin until 8:00PM.