Colorado State projected to go bowling by ESPN, USA Today and more

Keegan Pope

2015 hasn’t been the year Colorado State football fans expected. With star receiver Rashard Higgins returning along with a senior-laden defense, there were lots of fans hoping to see CSU duplicate its 2014 success and challenge for the Mountain West title. It hasn’t panned out that way so far, with the Rams coming into Saturday’s home finale at 4-5 overall, needing at least two wins to be bowl-eligible for the third year in a row. Fortunately for CSU, their final three games are all against teams they will likely be favored to beat. Despite CSU’s losing record heading into the weekend, the Rams are projected to go bowling by nearly every national sports site, including ESPN, CBS Sports and USA Today. 

Here are where they’ve got the Rams going bowling:


USA Today Sports

Colorado State (MWC) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN)


Mark Schlabach:

Colorado State (4-5) (MWC) vs. Northern Illinois (7-3) (MAC)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Brett McMurphy:

Colorado State (4-5) (MWC) vs. Marshall (8-2) (C-USA)
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)

CBS Sports

Colorado State (4-5) (MWC) vs. Washington (4-5) (Pac-12)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qulacomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN)

SB Nation

Colorado State (4-5) (MWC) vs. Toledo (8-1) (MAC)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

FOX Sports

Colorado State (4-5) (MWC) vs. North Carolina State (6-3) (ACC)
Camping World Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Saturday, Dec. 26, 5:45 (ESPN)

Collegian Senior Sports Reporter Keegan Pope can be reached at and on Twitter @ByKeeganPope.