Las Vegas Bowl Odds

The USC Trojans and Fresno State Bulldogs meet for the first time since 2005 in this year’s Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

The Bulldogs head to Las Vegas as Mountain West Conference champions, but while the Bulldogs own the better record SU it is the Trojans who are pegged as early favorites for the bowl matchup.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Saturday, December 21 @ 3:30pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Team: USC Trojans
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS, 5-8 OU

Team: Fresno State Bulldogs
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 11-1 SU, 5-7 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
USC -5.5 / 62 Points

[ Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Matchup Stats | Fresno State vs USC Betting Preview ]

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Betting Trends: The Bulldogs have been a solid 11-1 SU this season but just 5-7 ATS and a mere 1-5 ATS in their last six bowl game appearances . . The Trojans have had greater postseason success, posting a 7-2 record ATS in their last nine bowl games.

The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking to prove the oddsmakers wrong when they face the USC Trojans in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Bulldogs, early 5.5 point underdogs, seemed destined for a perfect record and a more prestigious bowl appearance until falling 62-52 to San Jose State in the final game of the regular season. But the Bulldogs showed their grit, bouncing back to a 24-17 win over Utah State to claim the Mountain West championship. The Trojans meanwhile, have endured upheaval in their coaching ranks this season, culminating in the recent hiring of the team’s third coach this season. This followed an emotional 35-14 loss to rival UCLA in the annual Victory Bell game. Despite the adversity, the Trojans are ranked an impressive 16th in the nation in Defensive Total Yards, and have allowed just over 21 yards per game this season.

Las Vegas Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1996 Las Vegas Bowl Nevada 18 Ball State 15 3 Push NEVADA
1997 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon 41 Air Force 13 3 OREG OREG
1998 Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina 20 San Diego State 13 7 Push UNC
1999 Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State 16 Utah 17 -5 FRESNO UTAH
2000 Las Vegas Bowl Arkansas 14 UNLV 31 -1 UNLV UNLV
2001 Las Vegas Bowl Utah 10 Southern Cal 6 -3.5 UTAH UTAH
2002 Las Vegas Bowl New Mexico 13 UCLA 27 -9.5 UCLA UCLA
2003 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State 55 New Mexico 14 2.5 OREGST OREGST
2004 Las Vegas Bowl Wyoming 24 UCLA 21 -12.5 WYOMNG WYOMNG
2005 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 28 California 35 -8 BYU CAL
2006 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 38 Oregon 8 3.5 BYU BYU
2007 Las Vegas Bowl UCLA 16 BYU 17 -6.5 UCLA BYU
2008 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 21 Arizona 31 -3 ARIZON ARIZON
2009 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 44 Oregon State 20 2.5 BYU BYU
2010 Las Vegas Bowl Utah 3 Boise State 26 -16.5 BOISE BOISE
2011 Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State 24 Boise State 56 -14 BOISE BOISE
2012 Las Vegas Bowl Boise State 28 Wash 26 6.5 WASH BOISE
2013 Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State   USC        

 

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The Boise State Broncos went 10-2 SU this season but only 6-6 ATS on the college football betting odds; that might be a red flag for their supporters as they take on the Washington Huskies in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 22.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes, Bovada, and BetOnline today.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Saturday, December 22 @ 3:30pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Team: Washington Huskies
Conference: Pacific-12
Records: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-7 OU

Team: Boise State Broncos
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 5-7 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Boise State -6.5 / 46 Points

[MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Matchup Stats]

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Betting Trends: Nine of past 13 Las Vegas Bowls played UNDER the total . . . Boise State won and covered in past two Las Vegas Bowls.

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The Boise State Broncos look for a victory in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl for the second straight year, this time against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at Bovada today.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Thursday, December 22 @ 8:00pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 6-6 SU, 9-2-1 ATS, 5-7 OU

Team: Boise State Broncos
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 11-1 SU, 4-8 ATS, 7-5 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Boise State -14.0 / 66 Points

[MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Matchup Stats]

Despite finishing No. 7 in the BCS standings, the Boise State Broncos didn’t win their conference to guarantee themselves an at-large BCS bowl bid, so they instead face the Arizona State Sun Devils in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

Both teams finished 4-8 against the spread, but Boise State was substantially better straight up at 11-1 to ASU’s 6-6. ASU started the season off 6-2 SU, but lost four straight to end the season while giving up 36 points per game over that stretch. Plenty of offense is expected in this one as Boise State ranks 10th in the nation in passing (310.3 yards per game) and seventh in scoring (43.4 points per game) while ASU ranks 11th in passing (310.2 yards per game) and 25th in scoring (33.9 points per game)

Kellen Moore didn’t receive an invite to New York, but he did have a great campaign as he passed for 3,507 yards and 41 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. With a career record of 49-3, Moore could get win number 50 in his final game here in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

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The Boise State Broncos had hoped to make the BCS title game this season, but their itinerary is instead sending them to play the Utah Utes as a big favorite in college football betting when the two meet for the MAACO Bowl.

MAACO Bowl
Wednesday, December 22 @ 8pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Team: Boise State Broncos
Conference: Western Athletic Conference
Records: 11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Utah Utes
Conference: Mountain West Conference
Records: 10-2 SU, 7-4-1 ATS, 7-5 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Boise State -17.5 / 60.5 Points

[MAACO Bowl Matchup Stats]

Boise State went undefeated last season to capture the Fiesta Bowl, and if they look a little lacklustre to start the MAACO Bowl it’s to be forgiven as they had plans of a BCS title game this year. That goal fell apart when they blew a lead against Nevada in a late November loss.

NCAAF odds stack highly in favor of Boise State, and it’s hard to argue with that when they possess an offense that ranks behind only No. 2 Oregon with 46.7 points per game, and sixth in total yards per game with 519.5.

Quarterback Kellen Moore drives this offense – passing for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was number two in the nation behind Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton. The Broncos have so much ammunition that it’s easy to justify why sportsbooks give a huge edge on the MAACO Bowl odds.

Utah is in for a tough fight if they expect to win a tenth straight bowl game. The Utes need to play much better defensively and wait for better field position to score. This patience is a must because repeating a trend of allowing over 215.5 yards per game in the air to the pass-potent Broncos will bury them in a hurry.

The Utes allow only 104.5 yards on the ground, and that could give them the ability to concentrate on trying to shut down Moore and his receiving corps of Titus Young (1,151 yards, nine TDs) and Austin Pettis (814 yards, nine TDs).

For a team that was once ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation this big pointspread could allow for a double-paying wager with a Boise State win and a Utah cover.

Utah also has some weapons on offense, but is more balanced than a one-two punch. The posted total is set high and could give UNDER bettors an edge.

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