Preview: Utah at Colorado State

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada


ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL STORYLINES

1. Two schools that are former conference mates square off in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl when No. 25 Utah faces Colorado State. The contest will mark the 80th meeting between the schools (Utah leads 55-22-2) that resided together in both the Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences. The Rams are looking for a win to record the second 11-win campaign in school history, while the Utes are vying for their 11th win in their last 12 bowl games.

2. Dave Baldwin will serve as Colorado State’s interim coach after Jim McElwain left to take the Florida job. Baldwin, who is the offensive coordinator, previously was a head coach at Cal State Northridge and San Jose State and is hoping the bowl performance will land him the Rams’ permanent head coaching job. “These guys know who I am, I have a personality that’s different from the head coach who was here in the past,” Baldwin told reporters. “I’m much more of a hands-on guy.”

3. The Utes regularly play in bowl games and keep chalking up the victories. Coach Kyle Whittingham wouldn’t reveal any program secrets but outlined his reasons for why Utah has experienced so much success in bowl games. “Our guys have historically done a great job of preparing,” Whittingham told reporters. “It’s a reward for the guys and there are a lot of activities, but at the same time you don’t want to go down with any other mission than to win the game.”

TV:
3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Utah –4

ABOUT UTAH (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12): The Utes average 30.2 points and 374.8 yards per game and quarterback Travis Wilson overcame injuries and consistency issues to throw 17 touchdown passes against just four interceptions. Running back Devontae Booker emerged as a star with 1,350 yards and nine touchdowns while the receiving corps was hurt when star receiver Dres Anderson was lost to a season-ending knee injury in late October. Utah allows 26.2 points per game with defensive ends Nate Orchard (school-record 17.5) and Hunter Dimick (10) combining for 27.5 sacks, while returner Kaelin Clay has returned three punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for a score.

ABOUT COLORADO STATE (10-2, 6-2 Mountain West): The Rams roll up an average of 35.9 points and 497.8 yards per game with quarterback Garrett Grayson the ringleader by setting school records with 3,779 yards and 32 touchdown passes. Rashard Higgins had the best receiving season in school history with 89 receptions for 1,640 yards and 17 touchdowns while running back Dee Hart rushed for 1,254 yards and 16 touchdowns. The defense allows 23.4 points per game with strong safety Trent Matthews and cornerback Tyree Simmons sharing the interceptions lead of three and weakside linebacker Aaron Davis recording a team-best 110 tackles.

PREDICTION:
Utah 44, Colorado State 38

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Utah 8-4 W1 30.2 26.2 3-3 5-1 3-1 0-0 5-4
Colorado State 10-2 L1 35.9 23.4 6-0 4-2 1-1 0-0 6-2

Last Meeting

Utah Colorado State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/23/10 CSU 6 UTAH 59 648 221 427 213 28 185

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTAH J. Wynn 79.3 321 3 0
CSU P. Thomas 67.9 185 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTAH S. Shakerin 4 80 20.0 1
CSU C. Nwoke 15 48 3.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTAH D. Christopher 5 111 22.2 1
CSU C. Nwoke 8 49 6.1 0
TDs Player TD
UTAH M. Asiata 2
CSU S. Albritton 0
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTAH T. Wilson 60.3 2012 17 4
CSU G. Grayson 64.8 3779 32 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTAH D. Booker 266 1350 5.1 9
CSU D. Hart 187 1254 6.7 16
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTAH K. Clay 39 460 11.8 4
CSU R. Higgins 89 1640 18.4 17
TDs Player TD
UTAH D. Booker 11
CSU D. Hart 18

Quickchart Matchup

Utah Off vs  Colorado State Def
374.8 yards
414.8 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt
Colorado State Off vs  Utah Def
497.8 yards
403.2 yards
4.9 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
9.5 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Utah Overall Colorado State
8-4-0 W/L 10-2-0
8-4-0 ATS 8-4-0
4-7-1 O/U 6-6-0
30.2 Pts For 35.9
26.2 Pts Against 23.4
Utah A/H Colorado State
5-1 W/L 6-0
5-1-0 ATS 4-2-0
1-4-1 O/U 4-2-0
26.5 Pts For 43.2
21.8 Pts Against 20.7