11 a.m. at University Stadium
ESPN TV, KIRO 710 AM radio
Long time coming: It’s WSU’s first bowl appearance since 2003, Colorado State’s first since 2008. If the Cougars prevail, it would be their first winning season since ’03.
QB a key: Connor Halliday has thrown 21 interceptions, but he trimmed the number to five over his last four games, covering 228 throws. His ability to make good decisions will be pivotal.
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High note: If Albuquerque’s mile-high altitude figures in, CSU will have an edge. But both sides are minimizing it.
Kicker wars: Each team is well-equipped at kicker. Jared Roberts is 17 of 20 on field goals for CSU, including seven of eight beyond 40, and WSU’s Andrew Furney is 15 of 19 and 8 of 11 from 40-plus.
Prediction: WSU 41, Colorado State 30.
WSU players to watch
|QB||C. Halliday||4,187 yards|
|RB||Marcus Mason||5.1 ypc|
|WR||Gabe Marks||69 rec.|
|DT||Xavier Cooper||13 TFL|
|S||D. Bucannon||109 tackles|
Bud Withers, The Seattle Times