Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado State Rams Betting Pick
New Mexico Bowl Betting Odds
Opening Line: Washington State -5
Time: 2 PM EST Saturday December 21, 2013 on ESPN
Washington State is playing in their first bowl game since the 2003 season and they have one of the most potent pass attacks in the nation. The Cougars were only 6-6 on the season, but according to the Jeff Sagarin's ratings they played the toughest schedule in the nation including losing to BSC title game bound Auburn by 7-points in their season opener.
The Rams won 3 of their last 4 games and have a RB in Kapri Bibbs, (1,572 yards 28 TD), who led the nation with rushing TD. This game will be held at University Stadium and Bibbs played there this season facing New Mexico and rushed for 291 yards.
In their last games of the season Colorado State beat Air Force 5813 and Washington State lost to Washington 27-17.
Washington State is 9-3 ATS with an Over/Under record of 6-5-1 and Colorado State is 9-4 ATS with an Over/Under record of 8-3-1.
The 9th ranked Washington State passing offense is led by QB Connor Halliday (4,187 yards, 28 TD, 21), who had a solid season, but was also picked off 21 times. WR Gabe Marks leads a Cougars' receiving corps that has 7 players with at least 370 yards. Colorado State only ranks 109th in the nation in pass defense, which is a huge concern.
The WSU offensive line really must play well facing LB Shaquil Barrett (12 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss) and keep him out of the backfield.
Colorado State has a decent run defense ranked 48th in the nation, but will the Cougars run the ball? They only ranked 124th in the nation in rushing yards per game and leading rusher Marcus Mason only had 424 rushing yards on the season.
The Rams have a more balanced attack with Bibbs and QB Garrett Grayson, who passed for 3,327 yards with 21 TD and 10 INT. He had a HUGE game in the last game against Air Force passing for 395 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT. WR's Rashard Higgins and Joe Hansley are his main targets and will be facing a WSU pass defense that only ranks 107th in the nation in pass defense.
If the Cougars can contain Bilbbs they have a great chance to win this game, but that is a tall order. That is especially the case since the Washington State run defense ranks 84th in the nation.Betting Trends
Washington State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, 10-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, and they have an Over record of 5-2-1 in their last 8 games.
Colorado State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, and they have an Over record of 6-2-1 in their last 9 games.
New Mexico Bowl Against the Spread Pick
Take the Washington State Cougars -5 at Bovada