Nov 23, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Colorado State Rams head coach Jim McElwain disputes a pass interference call with line judge John Kilmer during the first quarter against the Utah State Aggies at Romney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: game preview, odds and prediction

On Saturday, the 2013 college football bowl season gets kicked off with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, pitting the Washington State Cougars against the Colorado State Rams.

Washington State comes into this one at 6-6 on the season in their second year under Mike Leach, just barely making it into the postseason. Despite some shaky play throughout the year, this team has showed some flashes of progression, which is a good sign considering that this is still a very young team for the most part.

Colorado State comes in at 7-6 under head coach Jim McElwain, who is also in his second season. And, according to him, he’s already met one of the goals he’s established for his program by making it to the holiday season:

“One of the accomplishments you want early is to get in a bowl game and be part of that club,” McElwain told reporters at a news conference in Albuquerque. “There’s a certain aura that comes with being a bowl team.”

Date: Dec. 21

Start Time: 2 PM ET

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Stadium: University Stadium


Live Stream: WatchESPN app

Odds: Washington State -6

Prediction: This game has the potential for some offensive explosion to get the bowl season kicked off. The quarterback match up between Washington State’s Connor Halliday (4,187 yards) and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson (3,327 yards) is probably the most intriguing. Both have also thrown for over 20 TDs on the season.

Ultimately, though, Halliday is the one that is more prone to mistakes, and that’s what will do the Cougars in here in this one and give McElwain his first bowl win as the head man of the Rams.

Colorado State 45, Washington State 38

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