Colorado State is back in a bowl game for the first time since 2008, and Washington State has not been to the post season since the 2003 Holiday Bowl. Both teams are on the upswing as each program has a pair of second year head coaches with Mike Leach manning the Cougars and Jim McElwain roaming the Rams sideline.
In the most simple form this game will come down to how well Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs runs the ball and if the Rams defense can do something to slow down Connor Holliday an the passing attack of Washington State. Colorado State will be hard pressed to win this game if it does go to a shootout, and while quarterback Garrett Grayson is an above average quarterback, keeping pace with a Leach-ran offense will be tough.
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque New Mexico
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. ET
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 and KNZZAM News Radio 1100 in Grand Junction.
Weather: Mid 40s and partly cloudy
Odds: Washington State is a six-point favorite
Series: This is the first ever meeting between these two teams.