The Las Vegas Bowl is one of the games on the college football bowl schedule this year, and today, I’m set to make my NCAA football pointspread picks for the ‘total’ in this clash. The Washington Huskies and the Boise State Broncos are going to do battle at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Join me for my Las Vegas Bowl tips for this 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on ESPN.
I’ve got a real tough time with this ‘total’ in the Las Vegas Bowl, knowing that both of these teams have great defenses. The truth of the matter though, is that this is a game that should feature a ‘total’ in the high-30s, not the mid-40s. What really tips this one off the scales for me though, is that fact that neither offense has shown much of a pulse, really all season long.
2012 Las Vegas Bowl
Washington Huskies (7-5, 7-5 ATS) +5.5
Boise State Broncos (10-2, 6-6 ATS) -5.5
When you look at the games against the best teams that the Broncos played this year, you have to be very unimpressive and underwhelmed when push comes to shove. They only played five games all year long against teams that ultimately went on to bowl eligibility, and in those games, the average game reached a total of just 32.2 points per game. Heck, the Fresno State Bulldogs, who only scored 10 against this Boise State defense, averaged eight more points than that per game by themselves.
And it isn’t like Washington isn’t battled tested either. They played against one of the most brutal schedules in America this year, yet they still held teams down to just 353.0 yards and 23.8 points per game. Take out the four worst defensive outings of the year, three of which came against teams that have significantly better offenses than the Broncos do, and what’s left is nothing but teams scoring anywhere from three to 24 points against this unit. QB Keith Price really should have been able to do more this year than throw 18 TDs, which is about how many it felt like he threw during last year’s Alamo Bowl against the Baylor Bears alone. He might get two scores against this Boise State defense, but that’s going to be it in the end. There’s just nothing here that makes me think this game is going to get into the 40s without a lot of help from the defenses and the special teams units.
Washington vs. Boise State Picks & Tips: Under 44