Beating San Diego State on Saturday was the most significant win
thus far for the Rams. Not only did the seniors get a victory in
their last moment on Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, but the
team officially became bowl eligible for the 10th consecutive
With Utah in the driver’s seat of the Mountain West Conference
and two weeks of conference action remaining, here is a look at the
bowl bid picture.
With wins last weekend, CSU and New Mexico joined Utah and Air
Force as the only bowl eligible teams in conference. Nevada-Las
Vegas has to win one of its two remaining games and Wyoming has to
win both of its last games to gain eligibility.
BYU was knocked out of contention with its 33-14 loss to Notre
Dame and San Diego State was also eliminated from bowl selection
with the loss to the Rams.
The MWC is guaranteed three bowl games: the Liberty Bowl, the
Las Vegas Bowl and the San Francisco Bowl. Whoever clinches the
conference championship, presumably Utah, will play in the Liberty
Bowl on Dec. 31 against the champion of the Conference USA.
New Mexico could spoil Utah’s plans if the Utes lose to BYU on
Saturday and the Lobos beat Wyoming. In this case, they would tie
for first and tiebreakers rely on head-to-head match-ups and that
would favor New Mexico, who beat Utah 47-35.
If Utah and New Mexico win, New Mexico will have sole possession
of second place and would probably go to the conference’s next-best
bowl in Las Vegas on Dec. 24 (if UNLV is not eligible). Another
complexity of the New Mexico-Wyoming game is that if the Lobos win,
CSU will probably be invited to play in the San Francisco Bowl.
Before that can happen, the Rams have to beat UNLV this weekend.
CSU is tied for third place with BYU and Air Force who all share a
3-3 conference record. Even if all three teams win this weekend,
CSU would get the third place spot after beating the Cougars 58-13
and the Falcons 30-20.
The San Francisco Bowl is required to pick the third place team
from the MWC and CSU would be headed to the Bay Area to take on the
fourth or fifth seed from the Pacific-10 conference, possibly
Oregon or UCLA.
Another prerequisite would have to occur to give the Rams a bowl
bid. Wyoming (2-3 conference record) could take the third place
spot and San Francisco Bowl bid if they were to beat New Mexico
this weekend and UNLV next weekend. The Cowboys would then be tied
with the Rams and would take precedence after beating CSU
Although my predictions have about as much of a chance of coming
true as a MWC team has a chance of making it to a BCS Bowl, I am
going to make one anyway: The Rams will beat UNLV on Saturday and
end the season with a 4-3-conference record. Utah will beat BYU to
eliminate the Cougars from the third place battle, New Mexico will
beat Wyoming clinching runner-up status and sending the Cowboys off
into the sunset with no bowl in sight, and Air Force will beat San
Diego State. The latter game does not have a great importance as
regular season play proved the Ram to be mightier than the
The Liberty Bowl will then invite Utah, the Las Vegas Bowl will
extend an invitation to New Mexico and the Rams will finish their
season with a bowl game for the fifth year in a row.
So clear your calendars for New Year’s Eve and get ready to see
CSU playing in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.