Bowling Green vs New Mexico State Quick Lane Bowl Prediction Game Preview

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Bowling Green vs New Mexico State Quick Lane Bowl Prediction Game Preview

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Bowling Green vs New Mexico State – How To Watch

Date: Monday 26 December
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Ford Field, Detroit MI
How to Watch: ESPN
Record: Bowling Green (6-6), New Mexico State (6-6)
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Bowling Green vs New Mexico State Quick Lane Bowl 5 Tips To Know

Quick Lane Bowl Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History

So, you want a bowl game with two teams that are really, really going to care? Both of these teams came into the season as the lowest-ranked college football teams. However, no one was expecting either to win. Bowls are special for New Mexico State, regardless of what.

Because of the San Jose State tragedy, the NCAA cancelled a midseason game and gave the Aggies a break. The played a 12th game anyway to have a Senior Day, rolling Valparaiso 65-3 to get to six wins, even though that made it two of the six wins coming against FCS teams, and … whatever. Head coach Jerry Kill’s team is in a bowl, and it’s rolling offensively.

This is just the fifth bowl game for the New Mexico State program. It won the Arizona in 2017. But, before that, it was in the 1960 Sun. Bowling Green is presently 0-5 in six of its previous bowl games, dating back to 2004. The last time Bowling Green was in a bowl game was in the 2015 GoDaddy against Georgia Southern.

Bowling Green started out the season 1-3 in what seemed like another lost year, It closed with a loss in its last three games. However, it had a great midseason run and was able to shock eventual MAC champion Toledo. It now brings its fun passing game with it to Detroit.

The Quick Lane is a relaunch of previous Detroit bowl games. The 2014 edition was full of mixed games. The 2020 version was canceled. Four were terrible blowouts and three were entertaining. It’s the first time a Power Five team isn’t playing in it.

CFN experts Dec 20-27 | CFP NY6, Dec 28-Jan 2

Bowling Green is the Quick Lane Bowl’s winner

Fun was had by all in the passing game.

The Falcons might not be very efficient in running and their offensive line is poor at pass protection. But Matt McDonald is able get the offense moving when it gets on a roll.

It’s a simple formula. When the offense gets to 247 passing yards it has a shot – it’s 4-2 when it gets there and 2-4 when it doesn’t.

Although the opposing side is unpredictable, the pass rush was as powerful as any in the MAC. It should cause enough disruption to force a few errors. New Mexico State doesn’t have big problems giving the ball away, but the D isn’t great at generating mistakes.

However …

New Mexico State Wins The Quick Lane Bowl

It’s a Jerry Kill team, so in a perfect world it would like to start running and get physical. The program isn’t there yet in its Kill’s first season, but his offense has been crushing it over the last month.

QB Diego Pavia was supposed to be questionable, but he’s expected to give it a go. The offense takes on a different look if he’s able to go. He might not wing it around too much, and he might not be consistent, but he threw seven touchdown passes in his last two games and 11 over the last five – and he can run a little bit, too.

Bowling Green will give up 200 yard through the air. It’s not awful against the run, and it has a great pass rush, but the New Mexico State offensive front is good in pass protection. The quarterbacks are able to take shots downfield, and the O can stretch it in indoor conditions.

Quick Lane Bowl Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History

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Bowling Green vs New Mexico State Quick Lane Bowl, What’s Going To Happen

Don’t just assume New Mexico State is going to crank up a ton of points after lighting up Lamar and Valparaiso. The 49 hung up on an injured Liberty team  in an unfocused situation was sort of strange, too.

Overall, scoring has been difficult for the Aggies. It’s feast or famine for the attack, but it’s also 6-0 when scoring more than 14 points and 0-6 when it doesn’t.

That’s way misleading considering the competition level they played, but they’re going to score more than 14 points. There’s a flip side to this.

Bowling Green is 0-6 when it gives up 38 points or more, and 6-0 when it allows fewer. New Mexico State won’t get to 38, but it’ll make it fun in a back-and-forth firefight.

Bowling Green vs New Mexico State Quick Lane Bowl, Prediction, Line

CFN Prediction: Bowling Green 34, New Mexico State 30
Line: Bowling Green-3.5, o/u 48
ATS Confidence Out of 5: 2
Quick Lane Bowl Must See Rating: (out of 5) : 3.5
CFN experts Dec 20-27 | CFP NY6, Dec 28-Jan 2

Quick Lane Bowl History

Dec. 27, 2021 Western Michigan 52, Nevada 24
2020 Annulled
Dec. 26, 2019 Pitt 34, Eastern Michigan 30
December 26, 2018, Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10.
Dec. 26, 2017 Duke 36, Northern Illinois 14
Dec. 26, 2016 Boston College 36. Maryland 30
Dec. 28, 2015 Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14
Dec. 26, 2014 Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21
Dec. 26, 2013, Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green
Dec. 26, 2012. Central Michigan 24 Western Kentucky 21
December 27, 2011, Purdue 37 Western Michigan 32
Dec. 26, 2010 FIU 34 Toledo 32
Dec. 26, 2009 Marshall 21, Ohio 17
Dec. 26, 2008 FAU24 Central Michigan 21
Dec. 26, 2007 Purdue 51 Central Michigan 48
Dec. 26, 2006 Central Michigan 31 Middle Tennessee
Dec. 26, 2005 Memphis 38 Akron
Dec. 27, 2004 Connecticut 39 Toledo 10
Dec. 26, 2003 Bowling Green 28 Northwestern 24
Dec. 26, 2002 Boston College 51 Toledo 25
Dec. 29, 2001 Toledo 23 Cincinnati 16
Dec. 27, 2000 Marshall 15 Cincinnati
Dec. 27, 1999 Marshall 21 BYU3
Dec. 23, 1998 Marshall 48 Louisville 29
December 26, 1997 Mississippi 34 Marshall 31

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Story originally appeared on College Football News

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