Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/11/12
A decade ago, the bowl season did not start on the third weekend of December. In this day and age, with a whopping 35 bowl games on the schedule, the postseason has to be spread out. You don’t hear too many fans complaining, though. The action gets under way this Saturday with a pair of bowl games. Here’s a closer look at both contests: Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Arizona Wildcats in the New Mexico Bowl — Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Odds: Arizona -9.5 Can Nevada limit Arizona’s offense? That’s the No. 1 question a highlight reel each week, but they’re a sound and well-balanced football team. For much of the 2012 season, the Aggies ranked in the top 40 nationally in run defense, pass defense, run offense and pass offense. Running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for slightly under 1,300 yards and totaled 17 touchdowns while quarterback Chuckie Keeton finished the regular season with more than 3,000 yards in the air and a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Aggies haven’t lost a game in more than two months. The next time they take the field, they will have distanced themselves even more from the sensation of defeat. They have won games against their two biggest WAC challengers — each on the road — and that’s something to pay attention to before a neutral-site bowl battle. The Aggies aren’t limited, either: nine players recorded double-digit receptions this year, and six players had more than 20 catches and 200 yards. Defensively, Utah State offers a great pass rush that registered 39 sacks and ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense. The WAC champion is getting a favorable matchup in Toledo, the third- or fourth-best team in the Mid-American Conference. Had Utah State faced Kent State (the MAC runner-up), this Potato Bowl might have a different storyline. Toledo, though, should not be able to keep pace with Utah State. Photo via Facebook/Joe Santoro’s Nevada Wolf Pack Football
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