Nevada Wolf Pack (6-6) at Colorado State Rams (7-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 29, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado State Rams -3.5 -- Over/Under: 54
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The Nevada Wolf Pack will play the Colorado State Rams in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.
The Colorado State Rams were 7-5 this season and finished 3rd in the Mountain West Mountain Division standings. The Colorado State offense is averaging 30.2 points per game with 221.3 passing yards per game and 195.8 rushing yards per game. Nick Stevens is the Colorado State quarterback who is completing 62% of his passes for 2369 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Dalyn Dawkins has 805 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for Colorado State. Jasen Oden Jr. has 695 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Rams. Rashard Higgins has 933 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Joe Hansley has 384 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Colorado State. The Colorado State defense is giving up 27.2 points per game with 208.1 rushing yards per game and 186.3 passing yards per game. Kevin Davis has 95 tackles, Martavius Foster has 5.5 sacks, and DeAndre Elliott has 2 interceptions for the Rams. Colorado State is -11 in turnover margin this season.
The Nevada Wolf Pack were 6-6 this season and finished 2nd in the Mountain West West Division standings. The Nevada offense is averaging 26.1 points per game with 205.6 rushing yards per game and 172.1 passing yards per game. Tyler Stewart is the Nevada quarterback who is completing 57.5% of his passes for 2065 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. James Butler has 1156 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Nevada. Don Jackson has 1025 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for the Wolf Pack. Hasaan Henderson has 709 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Jerico Richardson has 708 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Nevada. The Nevada defense is giving up 27.2 points per game with 206 passing yards per game and 188.8 rushing yards per game. Asauni Rufus has 96 tackles, Ian Seau has 9 sacks, and Dameon Baber has 6 interceptions for Nevada. Nevada is +8 in turnover margin this season.
This game is a matchup between two Mountain West teams, which is very rare for two teams from the same conference to play each other in a bowl game. Nevada finished the season with two straight losses and struggled to score consistently. Nevada really struggles to throw the ball, so it is important for them to get the ground game going early. Colorado State had a slightly better season ended the year on a four game winning streak. Colorado State is better on offense and has a much more balanced attack than Nevada does. Both of these defenses are very similar in points per game and I think this might end up being a lower scoring game. I like the momentum that Colorado State ended the season with and I am picking them in this game.