Washington State and Colorado State Open the Bowl Season

Bowl season starts Saturday, and a season it is with 35 bowl games from December 21 to January 6. Both sports books and bettors alike will be glued to the television during the upcoming holidays.

Two of the best teams in the nation against the spread kick off the bowl season in New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

Both teams the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado State Rams are happy to play, as the Cougars have not been bowling since 2003 and the Rams since 2006. It is the first meeting between the two schools.

As with any team coached by Mike Leach, Washington State, which is 6-6 SU and strong 9-3 ATS, has a potent passing game. Washington State finished No. 4 in the nation with 364 yards per game passing. No other team in the nation has thrown the number of passes that the Cougars have.

Colorado State 7-6 SU and 9-4 ATS have a balanced offense that is in the top third in both running and passing the ball.

Considering how strong both offenses are it is not surprising that Bovada has the point total for the game in the mid 60s. As it currently stands on topbet, Washington State is favored by 4.5 points and the point total for the over under sits at 66.

This season, the OVER is 8-3-1 in the 12 games Colorado State has played. The OVER for Washington State this season is 6-5-1.

As a favorite this season, Washington State has performed well, covering all four games when laying points. Colorado State has played well as the underdog with a mark of 3-2 ATS in five games.

Passing and more passing is the name of the game for the Cougars. Connor Halliday their junior quarterback threw 656 passes this season completing 412. Halliday had 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

The Colorado State defense against the pass is not good ranking No. 109 in the nation. Opponents have completed 63% of their pass attempts against Colorado State.

The Colorado State offense might cause problems for Washington State, that has not done well against the pass nor the rush. The Cougars rank No. 107 against the pass and No. 81 against the run.

The Rams Kapri Bibbs could have a field day against the Cougars rush defense. Bibbs has 1,572 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. Garrett Grayson the Colorado State quarterback has thrown for 3,320 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has passed for more than 300 yards in five of the past nine games this season.

Weather could play a factor. The temperatures are expected to be in the 40s with a slight chance of rain. Check the weather conditions prior to placing a wager on betonline and sportsbook.com.

Washington State has faced tougher competition in the Pac-12 than Colorado State has in the Mountain West. The Cougars defeated Arizona and USC on the road and Utah at home.

Pick: Lay the points and take Washington State.