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Holiday Bowl

Holiday Bowl

Two teams that lost to the two best teams in their respective conferences will square off in a Pac-12 versus Big Ten matchup when the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet the Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl. The Cougars are listed as solid betting favorites despite dropping their last two games to the Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes, who ended up playing each other in the Pac-12 championship game.

Kickoff: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 @ 7 p.m. ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Additional Read: Minnesota vs Washington State Betting

2016 Holiday Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Minnesota+6.5
Washington State-6.5
Over/Under60

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
MinnesotaBig Ten8-44-6-26-6
Washington StatePac-128-46-67-5

2016 Holiday Bowl Matchup

Many so-called experts think the Big Ten was the best conference in college football in 2016, but Washington State will get a chance to show the Pac-12 is just as strong with a convincing victory here. The Cougars opened the season with two losses and closed it the same way, with an eight-game winning streak in between, finishing second behind the conference champion Huskies (8-1) in the North Division with a 7-2 mark.

The first two losses for Washington State were each decided by three points against non-conference foes in the Eastern Washington Eagles and Boise State Broncos. The last two were much more decisive versus much better opponents, as Washington and Colorado both won by double digits to easily cover the spread.

Meanwhile, Minnesota got to play in the weaker of the Big Ten’s two divisions, ending up in a tie for fourth with the Northwestern Wildcats at 5-4 behind the Wisconsin Badgers (7-2), Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-3). The team went 6-1 at home (with the lone loss coming to Iowa) and 3-5 on the road.

The Golden Gophers fell to the Badgers 31-17 as 14-point road underdogs in their regular season finale for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. They also pushed for bettors in a 29-26 overtime loss to the conference champion Penn State Nittany Lions as three-point road dogs back on Oct. 1. Minnesota led Penn State 13-3 at halftime.

These teams are very different offensively, with the Cougars looking to attack through the air and the Gophers trying to pound the ball more on the ground. Washington State senior quarterback Luke Falk has zoomed up NFL draft boards after throwing for 4,204 yards (fourth nationally) with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Minnesota signal-caller Mitch Leidner had more picks (12) than touchdowns (seven) and less than half the passing yardage (2,040 yards) that Falk totaled. This massive disparity may be the difference.

2016 Holiday Bowl Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last seven games in December.
  • Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games against the Pac-12.
  • Washington State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games.
  • Washington State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Minnesota's last six games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in Washington State's last three games against the Big Ten.

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Holiday Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Holiday BowlColorado State21Kansas State54-8KAN.STKAN.ST
1996Holiday BowlColorado33Washington21+6COLOCOLO
1997Holiday BowlColorado State35Missouri24+3COLOSTCOLOST
1998Holiday BowlNebraska20Arizona23+3.5ARIZONARIZON
1999Holiday BowlWashington20Kansas State24+11KAN.STKAN.ST
2000Holiday BowlTexas30Oregon35+7OREGOREG
2001Holiday BowlWashington43Texas47-13.5WASHTEXAS
2002Holiday BowlKansas State34Arizona State27+17.5ARIZSTKAN.ST
2003Holiday BowlTexas28Washington State20+9WSHSTTEXAS
2004Holiday BowlTexas Tech45California31-10.5TXTECHTXTECH
2005Holiday BowlOklahoma17Oregon14-3OKLAOKLA
2006Holiday BowlTexas A&M10California45-3.5CALCAL
2007Holiday BowlTexas52Arizona State34+1TEXASTEXAS
2008Holiday BowlOregon42Oklahoma State31+1OREGOREG
2009Holiday BowlNebraska33Arizona0+2NEBRNEBR
2010Holiday BowlWashington19Nebraska7-13.5WASHWASH
2011Holiday BowlCalifornia10Texas21-3TEXASTEXAS
2012Holiday BowlBaylor49UCLA26EvBAYLORBAYLOR
2013Holiday BowlArizona State23Texas Tech37+16.5T TECHT TECH
2014Holiday BowlNebraska42USC45-7NEBRUSC
2015Holiday BowlUSC21Wisconsin23+3.5WisconsinWisconsin
2016Holiday BowlMinnesota-Washington State--6.5  
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