The 2013 college football bowl season begins in earnest with a potential high-scoring matchup of teams from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences, as Colorado State (7-6) and Washington State (6-6) will meet in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Colorado State is making its first appearance in a bowl since 2008, when the Rams downed Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. For Washington State, the bowl game is its first since 2003, when the Cougars beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
Both teams are led by coaches in their second year at the helm. Jim McElwain was 4-8 in his first season at CSU after a four-year stint as Alabama's offensive coordinator, while Mike Leach had WSU at 3-9 last year following a brief coaching hiatus. Leach was head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009.
It will be the first ever meeting between the schools, which are separated by about 1,100 miles of mostly Rocky Mountain terrain.
Colorado State (7-6) vs. Washington State (6-6)
When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. ET
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.
Radio: Colorado State Rams Radio Network; Washington State IMG Sports Network