New Mexico Bowl: Washington State vs. Colorado State Picks

New Mexico Matchup: Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado State Rams

Date/Time: December 21st, 2:00 ET

Television: ESPN

New Mexico Bowl Odds from BetAnySports

Point Spread: Washington State -4

Total: 65

The very first bowl game of the season kicks off on Saturday, December 21st, when the Colorado State Rams take on the Washington State Cougars in the 2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. These two clubs only have one bowl win between them in the last 10 years, so one of these schools is going to go home with a big prize to put in their trophy case.

Washington State is going to have to do it with its passing attack. QB Connor Halliday and the Cougs rank fourth in the land in passing offense, but that’s largely thanks to the fact that they had to put the ball in the air almost 60 times per game. Halliday did throw for over 4,000 yards and 28 TDs, but he also had 21 picks to boot. The issue is on the other side of the ball. Just in the last month of the season, the Washington Cougars outrushed Wazzu by 180 yards, the Arizona State Sun Devils outscored it by 280 yards, and the Oregon Ducks outrushed it by 381 yards. That’s a whole heck of a lot of yards that won’t be made up by throwing the ball like that. Head Coach Mike Leach has a lot of work to do if he and his mates are going to win this game.

The Rams are a very interesting story. They haven’t been bowl eligible since 2008, and they had to win one more game than anyone else did this year to become eligible since they played 13 games. They got the job done on the last day of the regular season for them by beating up the Air Force Falcons, and they did so in style, 58-13. The key man is RB Kapri Bibbs. Bibbs had seven games this season in which he rushed for at least three TDs, and he had a six score game earlier against the New Mexico Lobos. In total, Bibbs had 28 scores on the ground, and there are very few backs in the land who are as accomplished as he is. The issue? CSU, in spite of the fact that it played against a relative weak schedule which included a few teams which predominantly run the ball, still ranked 111th in the land in pass defense. If this unit is planning on giving up 350+ passing yards as advanced stats would suggest is possible, it is going to be a long, uphill climb in the New Mexico Bowl.

This is the first time that these schools have ever met one another. Washington State hasn’t been in a bowl game since pulling off the upset of the Texas Longhorns in the 2003 Holiday Bowl. Colorado State only has one bowl win since 2001, a 2008 victory here in this bowl game against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Prior to that though, the Rams were 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three bowl games, and all three losses came by at least two touchdowns.

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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