How about we kick your college football post season gambling with a win on this Gildan New Mexico Bowl betting line? While this may not be a marquee matchup, it’s one that could be very entertaining. Mike Leach’s vaunted passing attack against Colorado State’s run game should be more fun than you might expect. It’ll help to have you invested financially in the result.
Last year, the Pac-12 won the inaugural meeting between the two conferences when Arizona outlasted Nevada in a 49-48 thriller that went down to the wire. This is the second time a Pac-12 representative will battle an MWC opponent in New Mexico bowl betting, which is a tradition that began last year and will run for the next few. It’s obvious that the Pac-12 boasts a bit more weight in betting circles especially when they don’t have to face the other major conferences.
However, Washington State spiraled in to the gutter towards the end of the season with a 2-4 SU record. They did manage to go 4-2 ATS in those games that helped propel them to a pretty stunning 9-3 ATS record over the course of 2013. Would you believe that that was the best spread record by any Pac-12 team? It’s true. I swear it.
Quarterback Connor Halliday certainly made a bit of a name for himself, throwing for 4,187 yards which was good enough for 4th in the country. In fact, he was only one of four quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards this season. Those passing numbers are a big reason why Washington State is favored in Gildan New Mexico Bowl betting. What some of their backers may not want to admit is that Halliday also made a lot of bad decisions, handing over 21 interceptions. That’s the most turnovers by any quarterback who ranked in the top-40 in terms of passing yards.
The turnovers will be there for Colorado State, who were equally brilliant against the mark this season. They went just 7-6 SU in the dense MWC, but were also a conference best 9-4 ATS. Almost everything they were able to accomplish was thanks to the clock killing abilities of Kapri Bibbs who amassed 1,572 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. The Rams weren’t just a nice underdog play, they were a dominant rushing team which makes the Gildan New Mexico Bowl betting matchup a fight between an error prone passing attack and a stout run game.
Colorado State’s offence isn’t as one dimensional as you’d think, but they do tend to lean on the Bibbs more often than they don’t. And Washington State was excessively vulnerable against the run this year, allowing 185.2 yards against on average when it came to rush defense. This could be a long day for Leach’s boys.
Still, Washington State is a relentless offensive team that did a pretty good job of beating up equal competition. If the Cougars are able to build a lead, Colorado State won’t be able to use Bibbs as much as they’d like to.
Both teams have been dynamos against the spread this year, but only one team can prevail in this one and I prefer Washington State and Leach. Coaching can have a big effect on the outcome of games in general, and I suspect that Leach – who spent years at Texas Tech and busted in to big post season games – will have his crew prepared for the first bowl game of the holiday season.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Betting Pick – Washington State -4.5 (OVER 65.0)