The Rams, arguably the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference, will take on Idaho in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in their fourth consecutive bowl appearance. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22; ESPN will provide coverage.
Mike Bobo, the first coach in CSU history to qualify for bowl games in his first two seasons, is excited to extend this season with his fast-rising team. The Rams (7-5) have won four of their past five games, including a 63-31 romp over conference champion San Diego State.
“Our football team has consistently improved throughout this season by the way they have worked and learned to compete, and I believe we are playing our best football late in the season,” Bobo said. “We are appreciative of this invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and I’m excited for this football team to have one more chance to play together, to keep improving and finish the season on a high note.”
Rams on a roll
CSU is averaging 47.4 points and 520.6 yards per game over the last five games and has outscored opponents by a combined 172-62 in the first half over that stretch. All of their losses this season came to teams playing in bowl games.
This will be CSU’s first trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl but the site – the blue turf at Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium – is very familiar. The Rams played there earlier this season.
Vandals are hot, too
Like CSU, Idaho (8-4) got hot in the second half of the season, winning six of its final seven games to qualify for just the third bowl game in school history. The Vandals are led by fourth-year coach Paul Petrino, who won just six games in his first three seasons at Idaho before the current breakout season.
Ticket, travel info
Tickets are available online now through the CSU Ticket Office, by calling (800) 491-7267 or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office. Fans can best support CSU Athletics by purchasing their tickets, priced at $50, through the Rams ticket office; purchasing from the official CSU allotment ensures the best seat locations and seating with fellow Rams fans.
CSU student tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office with valid student ID. CSU faculty and staff will receive a 20-percent discount on tickets they purchase through the CSU ticket office in person or by phone.
Travel packages to Boise, which include flights, hotels and ground transportation, to see the Rams in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available through New Horizons Travel, CSU’s official travel partner. Fans can call New Horizons at (970) 223-7400 to discuss travel package options.
Bowl-related events for fans
Official Ram Rally and Tailgate
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Big Al’s, 1900 N. Eagle Rd., The Village at Meridian –
Join alumni and Rams fans for a free pep rally the night before the game. Appetizers will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase. Stay after the rally for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash Bash, located at The Village in front of Pro Image from 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2-4:30 p.m. |Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University
Tickets: $25 for Alumni Association and Ram Club members, $30 for non-members, and $15 for children 12 and under. Enjoy music, great food and tons of Rams pride at the official CSU alumni pregame tailgate! Special guests include athletics director Joe Parker and alumni association executive director Kristi Bohlender.
Visit http://alumni.colostate.edu/ram-rallies/ for CSU Alumni Association Ram Rally and Tailgate information.