The University of New Mexico football season may be done, but we still have one more thing to cross off our list before the new year arrives: the New Mexico Bowl! In the age of wildly proliferating bowls, I know it's not the honor it used to be. The fact remains, however, that we've got something of a special spot this year: the New Mexico Bowl is officially the first Bowl game and gets mentioned as such. Additionally, it'll be shown on ESPN, which is always nice for Albuquerque.
The NM Bowl pits Brigham Young University against University of Texas El Paso. While there's been some griping about the teams selected, at least they both sport .500 records. Much has been made of the fact that BYU and UTEP are headed in different directions but the New Mexico Bowl should be a decent game.
With the drought officially over thanks to the winter wonderland that's been pouring down here in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Bowl might actually resemble a football game in December, too. The game starts at noon, local time, and you can rest assured that tailgaters will be out in the parking lot of University Stadium as early as 8, no matter the weather. Tickets are still available so try to make it.
An interesting tidbit about the New Mexico Bowl is that it seems to be cursed: no team that's won it has had a winning season since. As we're now two years removed from our last appearance, perhaps this ominous statistic will provide some kind of cold comfort of hope for Lobo football next season.