The Washington State Cougars (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) and Colorado State Rams (7-6, 5-3 MWC) will kick it off in Albuquerque, New Mexico this upcoming Saturday, Dec. 21 to try and become the Gildan New Mexico Bowl Champions of 2013. The game is scheduled to kick at 2 p.m. EST, 11 a.m. PST and 12 p.m. Albuquerque local (MTN) time.
WSU earned their bowl bid this year after a 6-6 season that included wins over USC, Southern Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona and Utah. The signature win came against USC all the way back in week 2, but the most impressive wins were actually against the Wildcats and the Utes, just due to the way the season was going at the time and the necessity to win 2 out of 3 to make a bowl.
CSU earned their bid after taking down Cal Poly, UTEP, Wyoming, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Air Force to make a 7-6 record. Those seven teams own a combined 23 wins on the season, so we wouldn’t point to anything as “signature”, but they did what they had to with the winnable games on their schedule.
Interestingly enough, even with the semi-close proximity, this game will mark the first ever match up between the two schools.
The two biggest names for Washington State are Pac-12 record-setting quarterback Connor Halliday and All-Pac-12/Thorpe-Award-Semifinalist/2nd-Team-Walter-Camp-All-America/1st-Team-Athlon-Sports-All-America performing safety Deone Bucannon. For Colorado State, All-MWC running back Kapri Bibbs and MWC Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Shaquil Barrett are the names worth watching on each side of the ball.
The Cougars score 29.8 points per contest, good for a rank of 60 among FBS, while giving up 31.3. The Rams score 35.4 a game and give up 28.6 per. All indications are we should have a game in the mid to high 30’s that comes down to the final possession.
The main weapon for Wazzu, Halliday has thrown for 4,187 yards (4th in NCAA, Pac-12 record), 28 touchdowns (13th) and 21 interceptions which is the most college football. He is first in the NCAA in passing attempts (656), 2nd in completions (412) and 37th in completion percentage at 62.8.
The main source of energy for CSU, Bibbs has rumbled his way to 1,572 yards (8th NCAA), 28 touchdowns (2nd) and a 6.19 yard avg per carry.
To see some of the important numbers from these players, matchups of the game, more names to keep an eye on and some other fun nuggets, click the following links:
- Running backs vs Linebackers
- Quarterbacks, receivers vs defensive backs
- O-line vs D-line
- Bowl Game and Mascot Histories
Bowl Game: Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Date: Dec. 21
Time: 11:00 a.m. PST
Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico (39,224 reduced to slightly more than 37,000 for the bowl game)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Last Meeting: N/A (First meeting ever)
Odds: WSU -4 (Oddshark)
Washington State Local Radio:
- Spokane: KXLY-AM 920
- Pullman/Moscow: KHTR 104.3-FM
- Seattle KIRO-AM 710
- Full list of WSU Stations
Colorado State Local Radio:
- ESPN 105.5/102.3 Denver
- KREL-AM 1580
- ESPN Colorado Springs
- KSIR-AM 1010 in Fort Morgan
- KRFD-FM 94.5 in Sterling
- KNZZAM News Radio 1100 in Grand Junction