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New Mexico Bowl teams arrive in Albuquerque

J.P. Murrieta
December 13, 2017 07:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is days away, and the two participating teams arrived in the Duke City on Wednesday.

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Marshall and Colorado State square off on Saturday afternoon. For Marshall, this is their first appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. For the Rams, this is a return trip to Albuquerque in December. Colorado State won the bowl game in 2013.

Both teams were met by a mariachi band, and the players appreciated the touch of New Mexico.

"I just told Grant I felt like I was in an episode of 'Breaking Bad,'" Marshall quarterback Chase Litton said. "With the band out there, I was excited. Big 'Breaking Bad' fan over here."

"It was awesome," added Colorado State offensive lineman Jake Bennett. "It was the second time we were over here and they know what they're doing. I've been to a few bowls and they definitely treat you right."

Colorado State finished the season at 7-5 but they lost three of their final four games in the regular season.

The Rams are familiar to this surrounding. Colorado State beat the Lobos in Albuquerque earlier this season. KOB asked head coach Mike Bobo if having played here before gives them any sort of advantage.

"We have been to this stadium. We have been in that locker room, staying in the same hotel, so that could help a little bit but at the end of the day we're going to play 60 minutes of football or whatever it takes," he said.

The Rams will be wearing new helmets for Saturday's game. They broke them out for the first time Wednesday.

Marshall is 7-5 on the year but finished the year losing four of their last five. They have the top rushing defense in Conference USA.

This will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams.

"I think it's important you play that first Saturday, which we are," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. "There's three games on, but we're the first. People have the opportunity to watch it. They're not bowl weary at this point, so you get a chance to watch two teams go at it and see what happens."

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