2015 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Preview

A bowl game with two teams from the same conference? What will they think of next? Photo Courtesy: John Dickerson
A bowl game with two teams from the same conference? What will they think of next?
Photo Courtesy: John Dickerson

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Game Info
Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Colorado State Rams
Tuesday – December 29 – 6:30 pm CT
TV: ASN AmericanSportsNet.com (digital and live streaming over the internet)
Arizona Stadium – Tucson, Arizona

Records Before the Game
Nevada Wolf Pack (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West)
Colorado State Rams (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West)

Why you shouldn’t watch this game
Cleaning up Christmas boxes and packages from the living room and moving everything out to the garage. Spending more time getting ready for the blow out New Years Eve party!

Why you should watch this game
Both teams are from the Mountain West Conference. It’s like playing a conference game with something to prove. Both offenses will display speed from their receivers and running games.

How did they get here
Colorado State won seven games which made them bowl eligible. They won there final four game of the season with three on the road. Nevada finished with six wins, but went 4-4 in conference play. They also won three straight at the end to boost them to second place in conference.

Nevada Wolf Pack
Junior QB Tyler Stewart is the leader on offense. Stewart put up nice numbers all season with 2,065 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. Nevada is a running team with a great mixture of trick plays. Nevada has dynamic runners in James Butler and Don Jackson. James Butler has 1,156 yards on 184 carries and eight rushing touchdowns. While Senior back Don Jackson has 221 carries and eight touchdowns. Wideouts Hasaan Henderson and Jerico Richardson set the tone on the outside. Henderson has 50 catches for 709 yards and four touchdowns, while Jerico Richardson has 64 receptions for 708 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Stewart has passed to 13 receivers this past year. This offense is cool to watch.

Colorado State Rams
If you love watching a precision offense then CSU is one of the best in the country. Although their record shows something different you will love watching this team. CSU is led by Nick Stevens at quarterback. He’s only a sophomore and his game is dynamic through the air. He finished with 2,369 yards with 21 touchdowns. The Rams ground game has three backs with five touchdowns are more. Jasen Oden, Jr., Izzy Matthews and Nu’uvali Fa’apito will share the load on the ground. Nick Stevens favorite target is Rashard Higgins who caught a team high 66 receptions for 933 and eight touchdowns. You will see him drafted somewhere in the second to third round if he comes out.

My Prediction:
On a fried chicken scale from 1 to 5 pieces (5 being perfect). I give this game a 4-piece mixed from KFC. I see the Colorado State Rams winning this one by 10 points. Final Score: Rams 30 – Wolf Pack 20