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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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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Marshall 7-5 8-4 26.33 19.25 7.08 3-3 5-1 6-6 4-2 2-4
Colorado State 7-5 4-8 33.83 27.50 6.33 1-5 3-3 6-6 4-2 2-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
MARSHL 14.04 17.54 -3.5
COLOST 14.81 15.48 -0.68
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
MARSHL 11.46 11.85 -0.39
COLOST 13.43 13.26 0.17
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
MARSHL 3.75 3.47 0.28
COLOST 5.20 4.97 0.23
Team Records

Marshall Thundering Herd

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 4-2 3-3 8-4 3-3 5-1 26.33 19.25 7.08
vs Conf 4-4 2-2 2-2 4-4 1-3 3-1 25.75 18.38 7.37
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 0-2 1-0 21.33 20.00 1.33

Colorado State Rams

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 4-2 3-3 4-8 1-5 3-3 33.83 27.50 6.33
vs Conf 5-3 2-2 3-1 2-6 0-4 2-2 35.50 29.38 6.12
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 0-3 0-2 0-1 35.67 29.67 6.00

New Mexico Bowl Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 26.33 81 27.50 73
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 33.83 29 19.25 17
Head To Head Summary
Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Marshall
Colorado State
Head To Head Detail
Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
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New Mexico Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Marshall Thundering Herd

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 25, 2017 S.MISS 27-28 L 0/47 L/O 74 308 382 201 170 371 2 H
Nov 18, 2017 UTSA 7-9 L 3/45 W/U 40 189 229 88 267 355 1 A
Nov 11, 2017 WKU 30-23 W -10/52 L/O 144 190 334 34 334 368 -1 H
Nov 3, 2017 FLAATL 25-30 L 6/63 W/U 128 253 381 189 164 353 4 A
Oct 28, 2017 FIU 30-41 L -14/47 L/O 142 363 505 224 177 401 3 H

Colorado State Rams

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 18, 2017 SJ.ST 42-14 W -32.5/67.5 L/U 301 305 606 131 208 339 0 H
Nov 11, 2017 BOISE 52-59 L 6.5/59 L/O 261 309 570 310 331 641 0 H
Nov 4, 2017 WYO 13-16 L -4/47.5 L/U 235 110 345 156 138 294 -1 A
Oct 28, 2017 AIRFOR 28-45 L -9.5/68.5 L/O 166 269 435 413 64 477 2 H
Oct 20, 2017 NEWMEX 27-24 W -10/60 L/U 180 231 411 318 132 450 -1 A

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