In what looks like one of the most entertaining tilts on the first day of the college bowl season, the No. 22 Utah Utes from the PAC 12 and the Colorado State Rams from the Mountain West Conference go head to head in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, December 20, at 3:30 PM EST on ABC.
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Analyzing My Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Utah Utes vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Dec. 20, 2014
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Colorado State Vs Utah Utes
Point Spread: Utes -4
Game Total: 58
Why Colorado State Will Win the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Only 37 percent of the betting public apparently like Colorado State to bring home the bacon in this one despite the fact that the Rams have the better record in this contest. Well, the betting public could be way off base on this one, seeing as how the Rams are the better statistical team on both sides of the ball and has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in accurate senior Garrett Grayson (32 TDs, 6 INTs). Not only that, but Colorado State will have more than its fair share of motivation after having their impressive nine-game winning streak snapped in their Mountain West matchup against Air Force on Nov. 28.
Why Utah Will Win the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Sure, Utah won two less games than Colorado State while recording a pair of extra losses, but the fact of the matter is that the Utah Utes play far stiffer competition that Colorado State and have made a habit out of beating the Rams just about every time they meet. While these once-annual rivals haven’t square off since 2010, Utah has won five straight and seven of the last eight meetings overall and picked up a huge, confidence-boosting win over Colorado in their Pac-12 closer on Nov. 29.
Who Will Win the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl?
As members of the powerful Pac-12 conference, I know the Utah Utes play elite competition on an almost regular basis, but something tells me to stick with my pick for the ‘little guys’ in this one. Colorado State has played some decent competition this season and they’ve performed well in those outings. The Rams can score points in a hurry and score at least 42 points in five games this season while putting 49 or more on the board three times.
— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor7) December 15, 2014
Colorado State is shooting for its 11th win of the season for just the second time in program history while Utah tires to improve on its impressive 10-1 SU mark in its last 11 bowl games. I smell an upset brewing for the Colorado State Rams as they look to improve on their fine, 9-1-1 ATS mark in their last 11 non-conference games.