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New Mexico Bowl Capsule

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Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), noon MST (ESPN), Saturday

Line: Colorado State by 5.

Series record: Teams have never met.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both programs are looking for their first bowl win in years after long postseason appearance droughts. Rams head coach Jim McElwain and Cougars head coach Mike Leach said a bowl victory could really boost their programs’ visibility and help with recruiting as both teams try to transform their fortunes from recent years. McElwain is trying to establish himself after serving as Alabama’s offensive coordinator during two of the Crimson Tide’s national championships. Leach is trying to re-establish himself after a bad breakup from Texas Tech as their head coach. The Cougars are looking for their first seven-win season since 2003.

KEY MATCHUP

The Rams are the only team in the nation to boast a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,500-yard runner. The team averages 35.3 points per game and ranks 43rd nationally. The Cougars will have Leach’s signature spread offense anchored by junior quarterback Connor Halliday. Both team struggle with their pass defenses so expect a lot of points on the board.

 

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH


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