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NCAA Football Odds - Colorado State Rams Could Shock Washington State Cougars in New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State vs Washington State Odds

University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM is going to be the home for the battle on the NCAA football odds between the Washington State Cougars ( 6-6, 9-3 ATS ) and the Colorado State Rams ( 7-6, 9-4 ATS ).

ESPN and Watch ESPN will have live coverage of the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 p.m. ET.

NCAA Football Odds

Washington State Cougars: -9.5

Total: OTB

Opening NCAA Football Odds from Bookmaker

We love backing these teams that had to scratch and claw just to get into a bowl game this year, and that's exactly what the Rams had to do to get here. They beat the Nevada Wolf Pack, New Mexico Lobos, and Air Force Falcons in the last month of the season just to get to a bowl game, and they, unlike so many others, had to win seven games to get to a bowl because they played 13 games this season.

If CSU beats the NCAA football betting odds in this one, it's going to be thanks to RB Kapri Bibbs. Bibbs had an amazing season rushing the football this year, scoring a touchdown approximately once every nine times he touched the pigskin. He had 1,572 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and 28 rushing touchdowns.

The Rams are going to snap the ball a ton in this game, as they averaged 72.9 offensive plays per game this year. Washington State is all about that as well, as it put up 76.1 snaps per game. If there are 150 snaps in this one, something which wouldn't be all that surprising, there is a good chance that the Cougs would need to score at least 50 points to have a shot at beating the NCAA football wagering odds.

Colorado State's secondary is going to be tested for sure against QB Connor Halliday, who put the pill in the air 656 times in the regular season. He had 28 TDs and threw for 4,187 yards, and he also threw 21 INTs and was largely ineffective in the biggest games of the season.

The surprising factor about Washington State this year is that you never knew who the ball was being thrown to. Secondaries are always spread out in the quest to try to beat the NCAA football wagering odds against the Cougars. Three receivers had at least 500 yards, seven had at least 372 yards, nine had at least 243 yards, 10 had at least 25 receptions, and 13 had at least nine receptions.

Free Pick – We're only about 24 hours into the betting action for the New Mexico Bowl, and we have already seen the Rams move from +13.5 down to +9.5, and that line might only continue to move. These were both amongst the best ATS teams in the nation, and we saw Colorado State do a nice job against the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road in September when it was able to cover +40 in a 31-6 loss. Obviously, this one will have to be a heck of a lot closer than that, but this is also Wazzu, not Alabama on the other side of the field in the New Mexico Bowl.

Back the Upset-Minded Colorado State Rams in the New Mexico Bowl