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New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State (7-5) vs. Colorado State (6-6)

12/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m., (ESPN)

Fresno State is coming off its worst loss of the season, 61-10 to Boise State, and its coach is shopping for a new job. Not the ideal situation to go into a bowl, especially against a Colorado State team that won its past two games to gain bowl eligibility.

It wasn't that long ago that many thought Fresno State was capable of busting the BCS. But an early loss to Wisconsin ruined a BCS season and seemed to take the wind out of Fresno State. The Bulldogs suffered multiple injuries and had some kicking woes that led to bad losses.

On the other side, not many expected much from Colorado State, especially under first-year head coach Steve Fairchild. Colorado State hasn't played in a bowl game since 2005.

Statistically, Fresno State has a better total offense and defense, but these teams are quite similar. Both have pocket-passing quarterbacks, great tight ends -- Kory Sperry for CSU and Bear Pascoe for FSU -- but Fresno State's running game gives it a little more diversity.

This might be one of the more evenly matched games this bowl season.