Utah State headed to Arizona Bowl for matchup with New Mexico State


The announcement is especially exciting for New Mexico State, as those Aggies have ended a 57 year bowl game drought.

Utah State finished the regular season 6-6 after losing to Air Force 38-35. Ironically, that was the last bowl game NMSU had appeared in prior to this season. The Aggies could land in the Arizona Bowl.

Utah State also has a history with the Sun Belt Conference, as it was a football-only member of the league for two seasons from 2003-04.

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The Aggie are thought to be prime candidates for the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, which is December 29 in Tucson.

There are 81 bowl eligible teams this year and 78 spots, so some teams will be left out. The Aggies are led by head coach Doug Martin, who is in his fifth season at the university. All-time, NMSU is 2-0-1 in bowl games (1936, 1959, 1960).

Florida State for the 36th straight year - and New Mexico State for the first time in decades?

"If you stick us too far back east, then it becomes a financial issue with our fans and if you're obligated to buy X number of tickets and we can't sell them to our fans, then it becomes a costly enterprise", New Mexico State chancellor Garrey Carruthers told the station.
Florida State and New Mexico State were the last two teams to become bowl eligible when they both won Saturday.