This Saturday, the No. 22-ranked Utah Utes will square off against the Colorado State Rams in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes are slight -3.5 favorites, but don’t underestimate the Rams. A nine-game winning streak from September to November had the NCAA betting community wondering what the Rams were capable of.
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Expect Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson to be front and center at the year-end event. He threw for 37 touchdowns this season and an impressive 3,779 yards. His powerful arm has already helped his franchise overachieve in 2014 (they were 10-2 against the spread) and has shown no signs of slowing down.
However, Utah is favored for a reason. While they may not have put forth numbers as intriguing as their opponents, they went up against top-ranked opponents. The Rams didn’t face any top 25 opponents; whereas, the Utes faced five of them, and won two.
With what ended up being an 8-4 record (compared to Colorado State’s 10-2 record), Utah managed to win enough to get in contention for the Las Vegas Bowl this December. It’s that valuable experience against top-caliber competition that gives them the edge.