WHO: 6-6 Washington State (Pac-12) vs.7-6 Colorado State (MWC)
WHAT: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (8th year)
WHERE: University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico
WHEN: Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. ET
WHY: This is one of those under-the-radar postseason games that has the potential to be an outstanding matchup of two very different styles of teams.
Offensively, the Cougars and Rams are as far apart philosophically as you can get. In its second season under Mike Leach, Wazzu is fourth in the country in passing yards per game but is dead last out of 123 FBS teams in rushing (58.7 yards per game). CSU, on the other hand and behind Kapri Bibbs, averages just over 200 yards a game on the ground. The Rams can also move it through the air, finishing the regular season 39th in passing.
The fact that one of these teams let alone both are playing in the postseason serves as a mild surprise as the two teams won a combined seven games in 2012; CSU matched that total on its own in 2013, while Wazzu has won six games in a season for the first time since 2006. One more win for the Cougars would give the program its most since going 10-3 in 2003.
Wazzu lost the season opener 31-24 to BCS title-game participant Auburn. Colorado State trailed Alabama by the count of just 17-6 going into the fourth quarter of the Sept. 21 game in Tuscaloosa before the Tide scored a pair of touchdowns to put the game completely out of reach.
PREDICTION: Washington State 38, Colorado State 34