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Poinsettia Bowl Odds

The ninth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will feature a battle of division winners from the Mountain West and Mid-American conferences, as the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Utah State Aggies go head to head.

It is the first meeting between the Aggies and the Huskies in two decades.

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.

Poinsettia Bowl
Thursday, December 26 @ 6:30pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: Utah State Aggies
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU

Team: Northern Illinois Huskies
Conference: Mid-American
Records: 12-1 SU, 8-5 ATS, 8-5 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Northern Illinois -1.5 / 58 Points

[Poinsettia Bowl Matchup Stats | Utah State vs. Northern Illinois Betting Preview]

Poinsettia Bowl Betting Trends: OVER and UNDER results have alternated in the past eight Poinsettia Bowls. The OVER is due this year . . . Bowling Green are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six bowl appearances . . . The UNDER is 5-0-1 in Northern Illinois’ last six bowl appearances.

After posting a 12-0 SU record in the regular season, the Northern Illinois Huskies had their sights set on a BCS bowl game. But the Huskies were stunned in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game by the Bowling Green Falcons, landing them in the Poinsettia Bowl for the second time in eight years. The Utah State Aggies faced adversity this year, dropping four of their first seven games SU amid a rash of injuries that decimated the Aggies' offense. However, they rebounded in the second half of the season, winning their final five regular season games SU before falling to Fresno State, 24-17, in the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championship Game. While the Huskies own the better record SU, both teams have compiled 8-5 records ATS. The Aggies' last four games finished UNDER, but the Huskies have averaged over 41 points per game, scoring 55+ points three times.

Poinsettia Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

2005 Poinsettia Bowl Navy 51 Colorado State 30 3 NAVY NAVY
2006 Poinsettia Bowl Northern Illinois 7 TCU 37 -12.5 TCU TCU
2007 Poinsettia Bowl Navy 32 Utah 35 -9 NAVY UTAH
2008 Poinsettia Bowl TCU 17 Boise State 16 3.5 BOISE TCU
2009 Poinsettia Bowl Utah 37 California 27 -2.5 UTAH UTAH
2010 Poinsettia Bowl Navy 14 San Diego State 35 -3 SD.ST SD.ST
2011 Poinsettia Bowl Louisiana Tech 24 TCU 31 -9.5 LATECH TCU
2012 Poinsettia Bowl BYU 23 San Diego State 6 3 BYU BYU
2013 Poinsettia Bowl Utah State   Northern Illinois        

 

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The San Diego State Aztecs paid off for college football bettors in two thirds of their games during the regular season, and they're underdogs on the odds for the Poinsettia Bowl against the BYU Cougars on December 20.

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.

Poinsettia Bowl
Thursday, December 20 @ 8:00pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: BYU Cougars
Conference: Independent
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 4-6-1 OU

Team: San Diego State Aztecs
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, 5-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
BYU -3 / 52 Points

[Poinsettia Bowl Matchup Stats]

Poinsettia Bowl Betting Trends: OVER/UNDER alternated past seven seasons, UNDER is due . . . Mountain West Conference won past six bowl games . . . BYU has won and covered in three straight bowls.

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The Horned Frogs have won five of their last six bowl games and are favored to make it six of their last seven with a win over  Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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

Poinsettia Bowl
Wednesday, December 21 @ 8:00pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: TCU Horned Frogs
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 9-3 OU

Team: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Conference: Western Athletic
Records: 8-4 SU, 10-2 ATS, 5-7 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
TCU -10.5 / 55.5 Points

[Poinsettia Bowl Matchup Stats]

Two conference champions collide in this season’s Poinsettia Bowl as the Western Athletic Champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Mountain West Champion TCU Horned Frogs. TCU is looking for its sixth bowl win over the last seven years while Louisiana Tech is looking for its third bowl win all time.

Both TCU and Louisiana Tech come into this bowl game red-hot, ending the season on a seven-game winning streak. TCU went 4-3 ATS over their seven-win streak while Louisiana Tech went a perfect 7-0 ATS over theirs. Louisiana Tech won’t be an easy out for TCU as the Bulldogs finished the season 6-0 ATS as an underdog.

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall helped navigate the Horned Frogs into the post-Andy Dalton era, leading a scoring attack that finished ninth in the nation with 41.7 points per game. Pachall finished the regular season with 2,715 yards passing and 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

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Navy has one of the best rushing offenses, but that's not enough to give them the edge in the Poinsettia Bowl odds when they face a San Diego State team that allowed the third-fewest rushing yards in the Mountain West.

Poinsettia Bowl
Thursday, December 23 @ 8pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: Navy Midshipmen
Conference: Independent
Records: 8-3 SU, 6-4 ATS, 6-4 OU

Team: San Diego State Aztecs
Conference: Mountain West Conference
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-4-1 ATS, 5-6 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
San Diego State -4.5 / 60 Points

[Poinsettia Bowl Matchup Stats]

Navy has a chance to earn back-to-back 10-win seasons if they can hold off the potent offense belonging to the Aztecs when college football betting ramps up in late December at the Poinsettia Bowl. Ricky Dobbs is a dynamic quarterback, throwing for 2,240 yards with 25 touchdowns, while rushing for 860 yards with 13 TDs. And Dobbs has been doing this all during his college career. In fact, he is second among active quarterbacks with 48 rushing touchdowns in just three years.

San Diego State will have more than just Dobbs to contain, with Alexander Teich rushing for 825 yards and five touchdowns while Gee Gee Green also ran for five TDs in getting the Midshipmen to their third Poinsettia Bowl. NCAAF odds don’t favor Navy, but the lack of experience in postseason play for San Diego State could help the Midshipmen early in the game.

The Aztecs boast quite the offense themselves, and even if it is their first bowl appearance in over a decade they will be highly-prepared under head coach Brady Hoke. The Aztecs' defense surrendered under 90 yards on the ground four times this season, and linebacker Miles Burris led the team with 74 tackles. So this team could have the defensive wherewithal to stop the rushing offense of Navy.

Besides a solid run defense, the Aztecs have the Mountain West’s top quarterback in Ryan Lindley. He passed for 3,554 yards, while his 26 touchdown strikes were good enough for a tie in the conference.  He’s not alone, either, with the two top receivers in the conference; DeMarco Sampson had 1,175 yards receiving with eight scores, and Vincent Brown racked up 1,187 yards with nine touchdowns.

With both teams possessing highly-offensive attacks, it could be time for totals bettors to consider an OVER wager.