Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The Idaho Vandals didn’t make a whole lot of noise this season outside of the Sun Belt, but racking up wins against some of the weaker teams in their conference allowed the Vandals to stand 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Sun Belt. In their nonconference games against Washington and Washington State the Vandals lost by 45 and 50 points respectively. Idaho had a lot more success against lesser talented groups and in their regular season finale the Vandals got past Georgia State at home by a final of 37-12. Idaho has won 4 straight which gives them a lot of momentum heading into this bowl matchup. QB Matt Linehan had a decent campaign throwing for 2,803 yards and 15 TDs to 10 INTs.
The Colorado State Rams didn’t look all that great through the first month or so of the regular season, but this group has been coming on strong winning 4 of their last 5 games to stand 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the MWC. Colorado State has been putting up some big offensive numbers as of late including an impressive 63-31 win on the road against San Diego State in their regular season finale. The Rams bring a balanced offensive attack averaging about 230 yards per game both through the air and on the ground while scoring 34.1 points per contest. QB Nick Stevens has been solid during his time as the starter passing for 1,491 yards and 14 TDs to 3 INTs.
Both of these teams bring considerable amounts of momentum into the postseason, especially Colorado State who’s coming off a complete domination on the road in their last outing against the MWC champs. We really like what we’ve been seeing out of Colorado State as of late and the MWC should be able to flex their muscles here against the Sun Belt as the Rams go on to win and cover this larger spread.
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