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Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado State Rams Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13 New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State Rams (7-6) at Washington State Cougars (6-6)

College Football: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm (University Stadium)

The Line: Washington State Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 65 See the Latest Odds


The Washington State Cougars and the Colorado State Rams play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday.

Washington State will play its first bowl game since 2003 at they finished 6-6 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12 this season. Washington State was 4-5 with three games left on their schedule, but consecutive victories over Arizona and Utah made them bowl eligible before finishing the regular season with a 10-point loss to Washington. The Cougars one-dimensional offense, led by junior QB Connor Halliday, is fourth in the nation in passing at 364.5 yards per game, but last in rushing at 58.7 yards per game. Halliday has a 62.8% completion rate, 28 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions while attempting 54 passes per game. Halliday’s main target is sophomore WR Gabe Marks, who has a team-high 69 catches and 770 yards this season. The Cougars defense ranks 84th in the nation against the run, allowing an average of 184 rushing yards per game this season. Overall, Washington State’s defense is allowing 31.2 points and 446.6 yards per game.

Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado State Rams Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13 New Mexico Bowl

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Colorado State has not played in a bowl game since they lost to Fresno State 40-35 in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl. The Rams finished 7-6 overall, and 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference this season, despite losing four of their first six games. Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs rushed for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, including back-to-back games of 312 and 291 yards. Bibbs gained only 54 and 79 yards, respectively, in the last two games, but scored three touchdowns in a 58-13 win over Air Force which made the Rams bowl eligible. Junior QB Garrett Grayson completed 62.2% of his passes this year and has thrown 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Grayson’s main target is freshman WR Rashard Higgins, who has caught 64 balls for 795 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Rams defense allows an average of 265.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 109th in the country this season. Colorado State does do a good job getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, producing 27 sacks as a team this year. Overall, the Rams are allowing 417.3 yards per game and 28.6 points per contest this season.

This should be a high scoring game with plenty of highlights to go around. Colorado State struggles to stop the pass, something Washington State does very well. On the other side, the Cougars struggle to stop the run, something the Rams do very well on offense. I think this game will come down to who can take care of the ball and who can force a turnover late in the game. Both teams should score 30 points, so I think the over is the best play.

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