December 27, 1997

Arizona (6-5) vs. New Mexico (9-3)

Time: 8 p.m. today


Line: Arizona by 10

Series: 42-18-3

Last meeting: Arizona won, 25-10, in 1990.

Coaches: Dick Tomey, 11th season at Arizona (71-51-4); Dennis Franchione, sixth season at New Mexico (33-35).

Outlook: The Wildcats rebounded from 3-5 to win their last three games to become bowl eligible. DT Joe Salave'a, who had 11 1/2 sacks, heads the Pac-10's leading defense. Brady Bratten will start at QB for Arizona and he will be joined in the backfield by TB Trung Canidate, who averaged over 100 yards per contest. QB Graham Leigh led the Western Athletic Conference with a school-record 153.6 passing efficiency rating.

Pub Date: 12/27/97

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