Loaded with a Holy War and two border battles, the 2015-16 college football bowl season officially kicks off Saturday with five games serving as the opening course for a three-week stretch of contests leading up to the College Football Playoff. The postseason’s first weekend comes loaded with Pac-12, Mountain West, MAC, Independent, Sun Belt, and Conference USA squads hoping to end their respective seasons with a victory.
Here’s the full schedule for Saturday’s games, including the latest odds and over/unders via VegasInsider.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl, 2 p.m. ET
Arizona (6-6) vs. New Mexico (7-5)
The Wildcats ended their regular season with losses in four of their final five games, but history is on their side against the Lobos. Arizona owns the all-time series at 43-20-3, though it lost the last two meetings in 2007 and 2008. New Mexico will assuredly pound the ball between the tackles with its No. 8-ranked rushing attack gaining 246.6 yards per game.
Betting Odds: Arizona -8
Over/Under: 65 points
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. ET
BYU (9-3) vs. No. 22 Utah (9-3)
Saturday’s only matchup to feature a top 25 ranked team, the Utes carry a four-game winning streak in the all-time series against the Cougars but are favored by less than a field goal. BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum is the player to watch, but Utah has a very tough defense. This could be a very emotional game for BYU as it will feature head coach Bronco Mendenhall in his final game before he takes over Virginia.
Betting Odds: Utah -2.5
Over/Under: 51.5 points
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, 5:30 p.m. ET
Ohio (8-4) vs. Appalachian State (10-2)
Marking the first ever meeting between the programs, Appalachian State is the second-biggest favorite of the weekend and will roll out the country’s sixth-best rushing attack (268.8 ypg) and the No. 13 defense (18.3 ppg). But the Bobcats are riding a three-game winning streak and will likely mark the return of senior quarterback Derrius Vick from injury, though junior J.D. Sprague is also expected to get snaps under center.
Betting Odds: Appalachian State -7.5
Over/Under: 55 points
Prediction: Appalachian State
AutoNation Cure Bowl, 7 p.m. ET
San Jose State (5-7) vs. Georgia State (6-6)
The Georgia State Panthers only started their program back in 2010, and now they’ve made it to their first postseason game. After opening the season 2-6, the Panthers ripped off four-straight games to finish fourth in the Sun Belt conference behind senior quarterback Nick Arbuckle’s 4,160 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Spartans will counter with junior Kenny Potter, who was the second-most efficient passer in the Mountain West with a 145.6 rating.
Betting Odds: San Jose State -2.5
Over/Under: 56 points
Prediction: Georgia State
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 9 p.m. ET
Arkansas State (9-3) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4)
The nightcap features two squads with a rich history but who haven’t faced each other since 1998. Louisiana Tech’s won the last two meetings and has the all-time mark at 25-12. The Bulldogs will unleash quarterback and former Florida Gator Jeff Driskel, who threw for 3,575 yards and 24 touchdowns, with wide receiver Tren Taylor accumulating 1,133 yards and eight scores for the nation’s No. 15 aerial attack. But the Red Wolves will counter with the No. 14 rushing game (235.8 ypg) to keep Driskel off the field, powered by senior back Michael Gordon and his 1,055 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Betting Odds: Louisiana Tech -2
Over/Under: 68 points
Prediction: Louisiana Tech