WSU Cougars vs Colorado State Rams Gildan New Mexico Bowl 2013: 5 Things to Watch

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2: Home Field Advantage?

Nov 2, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams football player balloon before a game with the Boise State Broncos at Hughes Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

So the Cougs don’t travel well huh?

"As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Colorado State University had distributed 5,005 tickets to Saturday’s bowl game against Washington State, Rams’ senior associate athletic director Jason Layton said. That’s more than a 1,000-ticket jump from a week ago. CSU is now ahead of Washington State, which had distributed 4,570 tickets by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a school spokesman said. – Coloradoan"

Pac-12 has a 5K obligation to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, while the Mountain West Conference requires 10K tickets sold to the school. Whatever number is left over has to be picked up by the conference or the school.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco:

If Wazzu had headed to SF, they’d have trampled that number, probably sold the allotment with all the Coug faithful in the Bay area and the better travel plans for Cougs here. This pretty much sums it up:

In upcoming years, this will make a difference as Pac-12 bowls select their candidates, especially if it comes down to Washington State and UW. I know the Fight Hunger Bowl is taking notice. It is worth noting that the Dawgs have an extra week to sell their tickets though, so that number could raise significantly before the game kicks off next Friday. Still we are better, for obvious reasons.