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New Mexico Bowl Betting Preview – Point Spread Pick

Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado State Rams

Time: 2:00 PM EST Saturday December 21, 2013, ESPN

The Washington State Cougars from the Pacific 12 take on the Mountain West’s Rams Colorado State Rams in this years Gildan New Mexico Bowl at the University Stadium in Albuquerque New Mexico.

In their last games Washington State lost to their state rival Washington 27-17 on the road as a 17.5 point underdog. The Colorado State Rams had no trouble with the Air Force Falcons beating them handily 58-13 at home as a 17 point favorite.

The Washington State Cougars had one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2013. The Cougars played five teams ranked in the Top 25 and four ranked in the top 14 of the final BCS standings. In the Cougars season opener they lost a close battle 31-24 with Auburn, number 1 ranked team in the country. The Cougars had the lead twice over the Tigers and were only trailing Auburn by four points at the start of the fourth quarter.

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This match-up looks to be high scoring affair with the Cougars passing attack led by junior quarterback Connor Halliday, which is ranked 4th in the country averaging 364.5 yards per game. The Rams defense gave up 7.9 yards per pass are and ranked 100th against the pass.

Colorado State will need to be able run the ball and need tailback Kapri Bibbs to have a big day. Bibbs rushed for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year and will face a Huskies defense that gave up 4.45 yards per carry.

This season Colorado State is 4-3 at home and Washington State is 3-3 on the road.

Betting Odds at 5Dimes
Point Spread: Washington State -4
Over/Under Total Line: 65
Moneyline: Cougars -200 / Rams +200

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Washington State Cougars: 6-6 SU 9-3 ATS
Colorado State Rams: 7-6 SU 9-4 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• WAS St. is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
• WAS St. is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
• WAS St. is 10-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
• COL St. is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
• COL St. is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Pac-12.
• COL St. 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Washington State Cougars: 78.96
Colorado State Rams: 64.58

Key Player Injuries

COUGARS
[DL] 12/15/2013 – Emmitt Su’aKalio Ques Saturday (Leg)
[LB] 12/15/2013 – Chester Su’a Ques Saturday (Disciplinary)
[OL] 12/15/2013 – Jacob Seydel Ques Saturday (Leg)
[CB] 12/10/2013 – Alex Jackson Out indefinitely (Suspension)
[S] 12/10/2013 – Darius Lemora Out indefinitely (Foot)

RAMS
[LB] 12/15/2013 – Cory James Ques Saturday (Undisclosed)
[DE] 12/15/2013 – Austin Berk Ques Saturday (Hip)
[RB] 12/15/2013 – Davon Riddick Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[OL] 10/30/2013 – Zack Golditch Out for the season (Knee)
[DL] 10/19/2013 – JoshLovingood Out for the season (Foot)
[LB] 10/17/2013 – Kevin Davis Out for the season (Knee)

Point Spread Selection : The Rams played one more game and had more win than the Cougars. The thing is, who did Colorado State beat? We’re not talking Goliath’s here when you look at the teams that made up the 7 wins. Cal Poly of the FCS, Texas El Paso (2-10), Wyoming (5-7), Hawaii (1-11), Nevada (4-8) and Air Force (2-10). The Rams rushing attack will have to be stopped, but we don’t see how Colorado State will be able to stop the aerial attack of Washington State who ranked 4th in the nation!
Take the Washington State Cougars -4 at 5Dimes and get reduced juice on every play.

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