2017 New Mexico Bowl: Marshall and Colorado State In Good Matchup

New Mexico Bowl

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Features Two Teams Who Want to End Season Strong

The 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl will see the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Colorado State Rams square off on Saturday. The game is being played at Dreamstyle Stadium. Kick-off is set for 4:30 pm EST and ESPN will have the coverage.

New Mexico Bowl opponents Colorado State and Marshall followed similar paths on the way to Saturday’s matchup. Both teams started the season strong, then had lulls.

Marshall opened the season 6-1 before a 1-4 slide to close the campaign. The Thundering Herd lost three games in that stretch by less than a touchdown. That includes decisions of two points to UTSA and one point to Southern Mississippi in the final two games.

Colorado State opened 6-2, but went 1-3 down the stretch. They had losses of three points at Wyoming on Nov. 4, and a 59-52 overtime defeat against Boise State on Nov. 11. In that game the Broncos rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in 1:41.

Colorado State salvaged the regular season and guaranteed itself a bowl bid with a 42-14 rout of San Jose State to end the regular season.

Oddsmakers opened the Rams as -5.5-point favorites versus the Thundering Herd, while the game’s total opened at 58. Colorado State is now a 3.5-point favorite. The total is sitting at 59.

Rams Look to Build off San Jose Route with Win in New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State won its last outing, a 42-14 result against San Jose State Spartans on November 18. The Rams failed to cover in that game as a -32.5-point favorite, while the 56 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Colorado State lost its past three bowl games. They were, in order, the 2014 (Las Vegas), 2015 (Arizona) and 2016 (Famous Idaho Potato). The Rams’ last postseason win came in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl.

A loss Saturday would mark three straight 7-6 finishes under third-year coach Mike Bobo. Bobo received a three-year extension through 2022 on Thursday.

Colorado State plays with a style similar to that of the 2014 Marshall bunch. They finished third in the nation in scoring. The Rams average 501 yards of total offense per game. That is No. 10 in the nation. They score at a 33.8-points per game contest.

QB Nick Stevens ranks No. 15 in the nation at 289.9 passing yards per game. Wide receiver Michael Gallup accounts for 112.1 of that. Gallup was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award. That award is given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

The Rams lost offensive coordinator Will Friend. He is joining new head coach Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee. The New Mexico Bowl is also the final game for Rams defensive coordinator Marty English before he retires.

Marshall Looks to Stay Perfect in Bowl Games Since 2009 With New Mexico Bowl Win

Marshall was a 28-27 loser in their most recent outing at home against Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. They failed to cover the +0-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (55) made winners of OVER bettors.

Marshall is 5-0 in bowl games since 2009. The Thundering Herd missed the 2016 postseason. Saturday’s contest marks a chance for the outgoing seniors to finish their careers at 3-0 in bowls.

All-Conference USA defensive back Malik Gant and the Marshall defense prepare to slow Colorado State’s potent passing attack.

Senior quarterback Chase Litton aims to attack a Rams defense that surrendered 27.5 points per game.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Marshall7-58-426.3319.257.083-35-16-64-22-4
Colorado State7-54-833.8327.506.331-53-36-64-22-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MARSHL14.0417.54-3.5
COLOST14.8115.48-0.68
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MARSHL11.4611.85-0.39
COLOST13.4313.260.17
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MARSHL3.753.470.28
COLOST5.204.970.23
Team Records

Marshall Thundering Herd

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall7-54-23-38-43-35-126.3319.257.08
vs Conf4-42-22-24-41-33-125.7518.387.37
Last 31-21-10-11-20-21-021.3320.001.33

Colorado State Rams

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall7-54-23-34-81-53-333.8327.506.33
vs Conf5-32-23-12-60-42-235.5029.386.12
Last 31-21-10-10-30-20-135.6729.676.00

New Mexico Bowl Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense26.338127.5073
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense33.832919.2517
Head To Head Summary
NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Marshall
Colorado State
Head To Head Detail
DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
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New Mexico Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Marshall Thundering Herd

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 25, 2017S.MISS27-28L0/47L/O743083822011703712H
Nov 18, 2017UTSA7-9L3/45W/U40189229882673551A
Nov 11, 2017WKU30-23W-10/52L/O14419033434334368-1H
Nov 3, 2017FLAATL25-30L6/63W/U1282533811891643534A
Oct 28, 2017FIU30-41L-14/47L/O1423635052241774013H

Colorado State Rams

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 18, 2017SJ.ST42-14W-32.5/67.5L/U3013056061312083390H
Nov 11, 2017BOISE52-59L6.5/59L/O2613095703103316410H
Nov 4, 2017WYO13-16L-4/47.5L/U235110345156138294-1A
Oct 28, 2017AIRFOR28-45L-9.5/68.5L/O166269435413644772H
Oct 20, 2017NEWMEX27-24W-10/60L/U180231411318132450-1A

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