MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Boise State
Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Boise State Broncos Gambling Odds from 5Dimes
NCAA FB Betting Favorite: Boise State -13.5
The pre-Christmas bowl game schedule is not exactly filled with exciting matchups, but I think this game is the best of the bunch. Arizona State was inconsistent this year, but they showed what they are capable of in a pretty good PAC 12 Conference. Boise State was a missed field goal away from likely being in the BCS National Championship Game. Will the Broncos deliver another dominating bowl appearance or will the Sun Devils spoil the party?
Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler is a very good quarterback. Osweiler spreads the ball around nicely from his spot under center. He finished the season with an impressive 3,641 yards through the air. There is no clear star at the wide receiver spot for Arizona State, but the Sun Devils have a lot of depth. The team has ten players with ten or more receptions this season. Cameron Marshall is a work horse in the backfield. Marshall ran for 18 touchdowns during the regular season. Arizona State averages 34 points per contest.
The Sun Devils defense struggled with injuries this year, and it definitely showed on the field. Arizona State is missing a couple of cornerbacks, and the lack of depth at cornerback showed in a big way during the PAC 12 season. The Sun Devils allowed 271 yards per game through the air. The front seven wasn’t very good at getting after the quarterback, but they hold their own against the run.
Kellen Moore has had a brilliant four-year career at Boise State. He certainly wants to end that terrific career on a high note. Moore has piled up a ridiculous 140 touchdowns compared to just 26 interceptions in his four years under center. This season he has a career high completion percentage of 74%. He is clearly one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and I fully expect him to put together one final great game. Boise State has a pair of great tailbacks in Doug Martin and D.J. Harper. Martin is the bruiser and Harper is the slasher. The Broncos have seven receivers with at least 26 receptions this year. Tyler Shoemaker has been the team’s big play receiver. The Broncos average 43 points per game.
Boise State’s defense took a small step back this year, but they are still a very solid unit. The front seven really struggled to put pressure on the opposing quarterback this year. The Broncos picked up just 18 sacks all season. On the positive side, this is a unit that allowed opponents to convert on only 30% of their third-down conversion attempts. They are a team that does a nice job keeping the opponent out of the end zone. This defense gave up only 18.2 points per game this year.
Arizona State already fired its coach, and I don’t think they will be able to slow down Boise State at all. Look for the Broncos to roll.
Free College Football Pick: Over the Total!