Boise State, tri-champs in the Mountain West this season, play in a bowl for the 11th-straight season when they run with Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, Dec. 22 (3:30 pm ET, ESPN).
The early Las Vegas Bowl betting odds showed the 10-2 Broncos favored by five points over the 7-5 Huskies, who went 5-4 in the Pac-12 this year.
Overall, 9 of past 13 Maaco Las Vegas Bowls have played UNDER total, so watch for over-under line details before kickoff. [ More Maaco Las Vegas Bowl betting preview and picks ]
Betting Line: Boise State were sitting as 6-point favorites earlier in the week at . The total was 46 earlier at BetOnline for those preferring wagers on the over-under.
Washington Bowl History
|1997||Aloha Bowl||Washington||51||Michigan State||23||5||WASH|
|1998||Oahu Bowl||Air Force||45||Washington||25||3.5||AIRFOR|
|1999||Holiday Bowl||Washington||20||Kansas State||24||11||KAN.ST|
Boise State Bowl History
|1999||Humanitarian Bowl||Louisville||31||Boise State||34||4.5||BOISE|
|2000||Humanitarian Bowl||Texas El Paso||23||Boise State||38||-7||BOISE|
|2002||Humanitarian Bowl||Iowa State||16||Boise State||34||-12||BOISE|
|2003||Fort Worth Bowl||TCU||31||Boise State||34||-10||TCU|
|2004||Liberty Bowl||Boise State||40||Louisville||44||-9.5||BOISE|
|2005||MPC Computers Bowl||Boston College||27||Boise State||21||3||BOST.C|
|2006||Fiesta Bowl||Boise State||43||Oklahoma||42||-7||BOISE|
|2007||Hawaii Bowl||East Carolina||41||Boise State||38||-11.5||E.CAR|
|2008||Poinsettia Bowl||TCU||17||Boise State||16||3.5||BOISE|
|2009||Fiesta Bowl||Boise State||17||TCU||10||-7||BOISE|
|2010||Las Vegas Bowl||Utah||3||Boise State||26||-16.5||BOISE|
|2011||Las Vegas Bowl||Arizona State||24||Boise State||56||-14||BOISE|
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boise State's No. 55-ranked offense (30.4 PPG) against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 37 at 23.8 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 216.9 yards per game, more than the Huskies give up through the air (188.9 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Huskies own the league's No. 85-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 196 yards per game when on the road. Boise State, on the other hand, rates No. 46 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Washington lost its last outing, a 31-28 result against Washington State on November 23. Washington failed to cover in that game as a 14-point favorite, while the 59 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Huskies suffered a Week 13 loss against Washington State in their last game, falling 31-28 at Martin Stadium.
Boise State was a 27-21 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Nevada. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (48) made winners of UNDER bettors. D.J. Harper tore up the turf for 130 rushing yards in the latest Broncos game, a 27-21 win over the Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium.
Washington Huskies Trends:
When playing in December are 3-7
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When an underdog on the road are 3-7
Boise State Broncos Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When favored at home are 8-2
A few Huskies at Broncos trends to consider:
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boise State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Boise State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games