4. The impact of Matt Wells leaving Utah State
We’ll try to tie this back to the relevance to the Texas football program in the best sense possible. And, we will keep in mind what any Texas football fan would be interested in watching on the kick-off of the great festivities that is bowl season. One of the head coaches in bowl action on Dec. 15 will be coaching in the Big 12 next season.
One of the first watchable games of Dec. 15 is the New Mexico Bowl which features two upstart Group of Five teams in the western part of the country. One of those teams is losing its head coach to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Matt Wells won’t coach the New Mexico Bowl, even though he helped prepare for it and gameplan, as he’ll be joining up with the Red Raiders.
In this year’s New Mexico Bowl, the Utah State Aggies try to take down the North Texas Mean Green. Utah State already reached the 10-win mark, and North Texas is trying to get to double-digit wins for the first time since the 1940s. Utah State will be led by newly found head coach Gary Andersen.
North Texas standout quarterback Mason Fine was hurt coming into the New Mexico Bowl, but he’ll be looking to lead his team past Utah State with his 27 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. Utah State is led by a solid quarterback of its own in sophomore Jordan Love, who has just five picks also and 34 total touchdowns.