Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo vs San Diego State

SDSU vs Buffalo in Boise!

Buffalo vs. San Diego State Preview:

The Bulls face the Aztecs in Boise on December 21, 2013 on ESPN. Here are some notes on each team.

San Diego State Offense: The Aztecs started off 0-3 but then rallied to win the next 7 of 8 before losing to UNLV.  Quinn Kaehler, Junior from San Ramon, CA, started the past 10 games after Adam Dingwell got benched after the Ohio State loss. Kaehler has thrown for 2,796 yards with 17 TD compared to 9 INT’s. Kaehler has completed 60.1 percent of his passes. Adam Muema, the junior from Covina, CA, has rushed for 100+ yards in five games this season. He rushed for 233 yards vs. New Mexico.

Buffalo Offense: Buffalo started out the season on a sour note. They lost to Ohio State, 40-20, then went to Baylor and got crushed 70-13. They did win seven straight until the loss vs. Toledo. Sophomore QB, Joe Licata, has thrown for 2,628 yards and 21 TD’s compared to 7 picks with a completion rate of 59.1. Branden Oliver is 6th in the NCAA in rushing attempts (282) and 2nd in the MAC in rushing yards (1421).

San Diego State Defense: On the defensive side, J.J. Whittaker is a monster! He has three interceptions on the season with one of them, returned for a touchdown! He is third in the MWC with 11 passes defended.

Buffalo Defense: The San Diego State O line will have a big task in Boise with trying to control Khalil Mack. The senior from Fort Pierce, Florida, is 3rd in the FBS with five forced fumbles and is first in the FBS, of all time, with 75 tackles for losses. Mack has 94 tackles along with 3 INT’s for the year.

Prediction: This game will be run, run, run with a little passing in the middle. I expect Muema to get 15+ carries and if he can get past Khalil Mack, I expect the Aztec to win this game. I’m going with San Diego State 27, Buffalo 14

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New Mexico Bowl Preview: Colorado State vs. Washington State

Washington State vs. Colorado State

New Mexico Bowl:

Colorado State vs. Washington State

  • Kapri Bibbs has been a monster for Colorado State. The sophomore from Plansfield, Illinois has rushed for 1,572 yards in the Mountain West. He is first in the Mountain West in rushing yards, rushing attempts, plays from scrimmage and TD’s from scrimmage. He is 8th in rushing yards in the NCAA and first in the NCAA in TD’s from scrimmage. He is a workhorse!
  • Colorado State has won 3 of the past 4, with its only loss to Utah State.
  • First time Colorado State has been bowling since 2008 when they beat Fresno State 40-35.
  • The Rams are 20th in the nation in yards per game (485) and points per game (38.3).
  • Garret Grayson passed for 3,180 yards. 21 TD’s to 10 Interceptions.

– On the other side, Washington State’s QB is a machine! Connor Halliday has thrown 28 TD’s on 656 Attempts (1st in Pac 12 and NCAA) as well as total plays (699).

– He does have 21 interceptions which ranks first in the NCAA. Halliday set the FBS record for passing attempts in a game, throwing it 89 times (completing 58) in a loss to Oregon in October.

– Their running game does struggle. They are ranked 123rd in the FBS of 126 teams with 58.7 yards per game. They have only had three games which they rushed for over 100 yards.

– They have won two of the last 3 but their last game was a loss to Washington.

-Prediction: Both of these teams could be on display for the first game of the bowl season. Kapri Bibbs has shown when he gets going, he will run and run and run! He has rushed for 200 yards, 3 times this season (201 vs. Wyoming, 291 vs. New Mexico and 312 vs. Nevada). Connor Halliday is not afraid to throw the deep ball as well. I think Bibbs runs for 200+ and the Rams get their first bowl win since 2008. Colorado State 45, Washington State 41

Boise Press Conference 12/8/12

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Interim Head coach Bob Gregory spoke with the media for the first time since the departure of Coach Petersen. Here are some of the things he had to say:

  • Heard about on Thursday and got told about it on Friday by Coach Peterson.
  • Recruits were told by Mark Coyle the AD of Boise State and all Recruits scheduled to visit here yesterday, were postponed and future trips for recruits will be postponed till January.
  • He did interview for the head coaching position today with AD Mark Coyle.
  • He is pumped for the game in Hawaii and he knows the players will work hard and will have no lingering effects of the situation.
  • Doesn’t know who will start but knows that Southwick is getting better every day and he will play on Xmas Eve.

Kirby Moore, Kharyee Marshall and Johnathan Brown addressed the media next.

  • Marshall found out and was sadden by the news but he wishes coach pete the best at UW.
  • Brown got up at 6:15 AM to buy a pair of new shoes. He didn’t get the pair so he was checking ESPN.com and saw the news and couldn’t go back to sleep.
  • Moore found out from some text messages from some of his friends and then found out there was a meeting with Coach Pete that morning and knew the news had to be true.
  • Brown and Marshall thought it was cool because “their” coach gets to be the head coach now and gets to run the point. Fired them up little bit.
  • They found out they were going to the Hawaii Bowl with Coach Gregory before practice today.
  • They do not know their opponent for the game but they do know they are going to Hawaii.

That’s all from the press conference.