(Sporting Alert) — NCAA college football bowl is now the main focus of attention and four of these bowl games are on the schedule on Saturday, as the action begins at 2:00 PM ET.
The day will open with Washington State (6-6) going up against Colorado State (7-6) for the GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL in Albuquerque.
“One of the accomplishments you want early is to get in a bowl game and be part of that club,” second-year Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, a former offensive coordinator at the Alabama Crimson during the BCS national championships in 2009 and 2011 runs, told reporters.
“There’s a certain aura that comes with being a bowl team.”
Washington State head coach Mike Leach, who is also in his second year in charge, also believes that being able to play in the GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL has lifted the program to the next level, and brought joy to the face of the players, staff and especially for the fans.
“They’ve never been in a bowl and (had) hoped they would,” Leach said. “Talking about it and actually doing it are two different things.”
ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL – Live on ABC at 3:30 pm ET
The second game on the college bowl schedule on the day will see the No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) and No. 25 USC (9-4) battling it out for the ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL and these teams want more than just being on the college bowl schedule this season, especially after miss BCS bids.
Fresno State, which won its first outright conference championship title since the Big West success in 24-years when defeating Utah State 24-17 in the Mountain West Conference title game earlier this month, is still a little disappointed at missing out on a BCS bid and wants to finish the season on a high.
There only defeat shockingly came against San Jose State, a 62-52 negative result on Nov 29, when they were going at 10-0 and No. 16 then in the nation.
USC, which won five on it’s last six games, will also be hoping to finish the season with a bowl win and will be looking to bounce back from the 35-14 home defeat to then-No. 22 UCLA to end the regular season fixtures last month.
The rankings shows differently, but the Trojans will start as the team to beat against the Bulldogs, who have lost four straight bowl games.
Elsewhere on the day, Buffalo will take on San Diego State in the FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL, while the R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL will see Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette going head-to-head.
College bowl schedule Live TV and Streaming
2:00 PM Washington State vs. Colorado State* – GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL – ESPN, WatchESPN
3:30 PM No. 20 Fresno State vs. No. 25 USC* – ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL – ABC
5:30 PM Buffalo vs. San Diego State* – FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL – ESPN, WatchESPN
9:00 PM Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette* – R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL – ESPN, WatchESPN
Source: ESPN Schedule