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Rams look to win first bowl game since 2013 vs Thundering Herd

The Colorado State Rams will look to end their season on a high note vs the Marshall Thundering Herd at the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. The Rams have made five straight bowl games but haven’t claimed victory since 2013. They’ll be in tough against a revitalized Marshall squad that finished 7-5 SU. The Herd opened as 5.5-point favorites to win after missing bowl season entirely last year.

SHARK BITES
  • Colorado State is 6-10 SU in bowl games.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the last eight New Mexico Bowls.
  • Marshall is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games in December.

This won’t be Colorado State’s first time taking part in the New Mexico Bowl. The Rams faced off against Washington State and edged the Cougars 48-45 in 2013 and defeated Fresno State in 2009. Since 2013, though, their bowl results have left much to be desired, as they’ve lost each game by an average of 17 points. CSU’s offense will be led by senior running back Dalyn Dawkins, who has had over 100 yards rushing in seven of his last eight games. It may have a little bit of a home-field vibe too for the Rams, who are about 500 miles away from the ABQ.

Marshall is back in a bowl game after finishing 3-9 SU last season. Their defense is their calling card and kept opposing teams to an average of 19.2 points per game. However, the Herd stumbled into the finish line in conference play, going 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in their final five games. The good news for Marshall backers is they’ve won their last three bowl games by an average of 15 points.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Colorado State Rams sport a record of 7-5 and 4-8 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Marshall Thundering Herd sit at 7-5 and 8-4 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER totals records are 6-6 for the Rams and 6-6 for the Thundering Herd. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Colorado State vs Marshall injuries news.

The game pits the Rams, currently No. 58 in our OddsShark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Thundering Herd, who rate No. 27 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Colorado State's No. 31-ranked offense, averaging 33.83 PPG, against a Marshall defense that ranks No. 18 this week at 19.25 PPG. The Colorado State aerial game is averaging 289.92 yards per game, more than the Marshall secondary allows through the air, 212.25 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Thundering Herd own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 115.33 yards per game when on the road. Colorado State, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Marshall's last outing, Chase Litton threw for 308 yards in a losing cause against the Golden Eagles, 28-27 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

In their last game, Colorado State's aerial attack generated 305 yards and the Rams came away with a 42-14 victory over San Jose State at Hughes Stadium.

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