One recruit is thrilled that the Cats are headed to New Mexico.
Talk of maneuvering and making deals seemed to go for naught as Arizona earned a spot in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on December 15, the very bowl they were slotted to play in due to their conference record.
There were talks of Arizona trying to sell themselves to bowls higher on the Pac-12 pecking order, but those appeals did not work. Despite having beaten USC and Washington and having the same overall record as those two and ASU, despite playing a tougher schedule, the Wildcat took a slot in the seventh place bowl and are the eighth Pac-12 team to earn a bowl invite.
They will play a 7-5 Nevada team that features one of the nation’s top rushers in Stephon Jefferson, but went just 4-4 in the Mountain West. The Wolfpack beat Cal early in the season but have lost four of their last five games.
I’m excited for our seniors,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said. “This is exciting for our team and fans and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is a great one to be at. We are thrilled to be playing in Albuquerque. We’ll take advantage of the extra practice time and start preparing for Nevada.”
The Wildcats and Wolfpack begin a hone and home series beginning in 2014.
The Wildcats have been to bowl games in four of the last five years.
While some Wildcat fans were hoping for a bid to another bowl, one Wildcat football recruit is thrilled. Albuquerque’s Calvin Allen tweeted his happiness with how things shook out.
“Super pumped for my future team to be playing in the NM Bowl,” Allen tweeted Sunday nigh. “I’ll get to see them play one more time bore I'm officially a Wildcat!”