Washington State will take on Colorado State on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Here's a quick preview:
Who To Watch: As Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday goes, so goes the Cougars’ pass-happy offense. The key for Halliday is protecting the football. His 21 interceptions this year were five more than any other Pac-12 QB. For the Rams, it's all about running back Kapri Bibbs, who rushed for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns this year, averaging a stout 6.2 yards per carry.
What To Watch: Again, it starts with Halliday and Bibbs. Colorado State ranked 100th in the nation in pass-efficiency defense, so Halliday and his corps of receivers should have a good day. The Cougars ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in run defense, yielding 184 yards per game. Of course, the Cougs played four teams that ranked in the nation's top 23 in rushing.
Why To Watch: Because it's the first bowl game! Because the Cougars are excited to be playing in their first bowl since 2003. Because Mike Leach might say something amusing to a sideline reporter, before, during or after the game.
Predictions: Kevin: Washington State 41, Colorado State 28. Ted: Washington State 45, Colorado State 20.