Saturday, December 19, 2009
First up this bowl season is the New Mexico Bowl pitting the (8-4) Fresno State Bulldogs against the (6-6) Cowboys of Wyoming.
First, I'm loving both logos. Seriously.
This game pits the WAC vs. The Mountain West and I think we will be in for a treat.
The Bulldogs have Ryan Mathews at RB. Who you say??? Well, stealth Ryan Mathews averages a bit over 151 yards per game, and tallied up 235 against Boise State. He also ran all over Wisconsin, Illinois, and Cincinnati. Heck, he even has 7 more yards this season than Toby Gerhart. Fresno State's ground game is 7th in the nation overall. So get ready for some smash mouth football from Pat Hill's gang. But, the QBs from Fresno State are no slouches either. In fact three former Bulldogs currently play in the NFL--the best of which is David Carr. Current QB Ryan Colburn has lofted 18 TDs this season, the longest for 92 yards. On the defensive side, watch Moses Harris, a finalist for the Moses V. Campbell award (the Academic Heisman). He didn't win it, but did get 18K in scholarship monies to finish his MBA. Not too shabby........
The cowpokes' MVP, however, seems to be their head coach Dave Christensen--I mean, he is front and center on their media guide......This will be Wyoming's first bowl appearance since 2004. I have no comment in that regard since our sorry butts are sitting at home without our own bowl game to travel to for the second straight year. sigh.
Their QB is also a true freshman, Austyn Carta-Samuels (check out his blog: austyncartasamuels.blogspot.com) , and their best RB is a guy named Alvester Alexander, another freshman, out of Houston. He is listed as 5'11" and 200 pounds..... They've started 7 true freshman (the only teams starting more believe it or not are Texas A&M with 11, and Eastern Michigan at 8 and Tulane with 9.
I think that this one is a no-brainer. The Bulldogs in a runaway. But it should be fun !!!