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

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