Sun Devils Have Exams, Take II

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It appears a Nevada-Arizona matchup for the New Mexico Bowl is virtually a done deal, since Arizona State’s final-exam schedule conflicts with the bowl game’s Dec. 15 date.

Oh, yeah, I hear you say? This Arizona Daily Star story makes a strong case that the Las Vegas Bowl will take Arizona, skipping over ASU and leaving the New Mexico Bowl with a Nevada-Washington matchup.

The New Mexico Bowl matches a Mountain West Conference team against a Pac-12 team. Nevada already has accepted a bid to return to Albuquerque, having beaten the Lobos 31-24 here on Nov. 17.

I have nothing against Washington, but a Wolf Pack-Wildcat matchup would provide plenty of offensive fireworks. Arizona ranks seventh nationally in total offense, Nevada 10th. On the other side of the ball, Nevada ranks 86th, Arizona 115th (of 120) in total defense.

Here’s an interesting nugget: of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision’s bottom six teams in total defense, five — Arizona, Miami, West Virginia, Baylor and Louisiana Tech — are bowl-eligible.

What’s interesting about Washington (7-5), at first glance, is that the Huskies have scored exactly as many points as they’ve allowed this season: 286, an average of 23.83 per game.

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