New Mexico Bowl 2013: WSU vs. Colorado State game time, TV schedule and more

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The Cougars are back in a bowl game. Finally.

Edit: The game has started on ESPNNews and will switch to ESPN once the Kansas-Georgetown game ends.

The Washington State Cougars will play their first bowl game in 10 years when they take on the Colorado State Rams on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT. This will be the first time the Cougs have played in the New Mexico Bowl, which is set to be televised on ESPN.

This will be the first meeting between the two programs. WSU comes in with a 6-6 record, winning two of its final three games to grab a bowl berth. Under the guide of Mike Leach, the Cougars are the most pass-heavy team in the country, tossing the ball an average of 58 times per game.

Against a Colorado State defense that ranks 102nd in Football Outsiders' Passing S&P+, WSU quarterback Connor Halliday has a good shot at a big day. Halliday played some of his best ball down the stretch, cutting back on interceptions and leading a more efficient Cougar offense.

On the flipside, WSU's 46th-ranked rushing defense (S&P+) will try to contend with CSU running back Kapri Bibbs, who has rushed for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns. Despite those big numbers, Colorado State's overall S&P+ numbers, when adjusted for opponent strength, are just average.

A win would give the Cougars their first season above .500 since 2003.

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