December 18, 2013

New Mexico Bowl Pick: Washington State vs. Colorado State

Finally the college football bowl season will kick off on Saturday, December 21st, with the New Mexico Bowl getting the bowl year started. This will be the first of four college football games for the day and it should have plenty of excitement. Two very offensive minded teams will meet on the field as the Washington State Cougars will go up against the Colorado State Rams. Although both teams have records just over the .500 mark, they have played tough against some of the best teams in the country.

New Mexico Bowl: Washington State vs. Colorado State Preview

The college football bowl game odds for this contest opened with the Washington State Cougars listed as (-4) point favorites. The early wagering for this game favored the Cougars with over 70 percent of the action favoring this Pac 12 juggernaut. That kind of wagering action shifted the betting line and the current point spread can now be found at (-4.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

On offense, the Rams are all about running the rock. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs rushed for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, including back-to-back games of 312 and 291 yards. They will have to score plenty if they want to keep up with the Cougars.

The Cougars are led by junior quarterback Connor Halliday, is fourth in the nation in passing at 364.5 yards per game, but last in rushing at 58.7. They will need to run the ball to keep the Rams pass rush at bay.

The current football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some positive angles in this big bowl game.

It all starts with the Cougars. The Cougars are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and 10-3 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.

The Rams can match the Cougars when it comes to great betting trends. The Rams are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.

New Mexico Bowl: Washington State vs. Colorado State Pick

The Rams can pressure the quarterback as they have registered 27 sacks on the season. The Rams are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games overall and they have the talent to win this game outright.

Rams +4.5

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.