New Mexico Bowl: Cougars vs Rams Betting Preview
|Colorado State Rams||Washington State Cougars|
A pair of profitable schools will kick off bowl season in Albuquerque on December 21 as Washington State takes on Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.
The past five editions of this bowl game went OVER total.
Washington State is on a 10-2 ATS run dating back to last season, while Colorado State is 9-3 ATS past 12 games.
This season the Cougars are 6-6 overall and 9-3 ATS against the number, while the Rams are 7-6 and 9-4 ATS. As for the totals, Washington State is 6-5-1 on the OU, and Colorado State is 9-3-1.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 73 and the Rams at No. 41 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 35-28 result in favor of the Rams.
Last time out for Colorado State, they were a 58-13 winner as they battled Air Force at home. Colorado State covered in the match as a 17-point favorite, while 71 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cougars suffered a Week 14 loss against Washington in their last game, falling 27-17 at Husky Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington State's No. 60-ranked offense, averaging 29.83 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 79 this week at 28.62 PPG. The Cougars aerial game is averaging 364.5 yards per game, more than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 265.38 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Rams own the league's No. 38-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 150.67 yards per game when on the road. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 124 this week in generating rushing yards at home.