The BYU Cougars and the San Diego State Aztecs are going to square off on the Poinsettia Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Poinsettia Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Thursday.
Poinsettia Bowl Picks: BYU Cougars vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Thursday, December 20th, 8:00 ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Poinsettia Bowl Betting Odds: BYU -3.5
BYU vs. San Diego State Live TV: ESPN
The Aztecs are going to be the de facto home team in this game against BYU, and these two teams know all about each other having shared the Mountain West together for a number of years. It could make this one of the chippier bowl games of the year for sure, knowing that there could be some bad blood spilling over from the days that these two shared in the MWC. However, both of these clubs are rich in bowl history in recent years. The Cougs have won three bowls in a row and five out of six, while San Diego State was beaten at the gun last year in the New Orleans Bowl. This is the second time that the Aztecs have played in the Poinsettia Bowl, having won it in 2010 over the Navy Midshipmen.
It’s been a trying year for both of these teams. The Aztecs graduated out a ton of players from last year’s team, and Head Coach Rocky Long knew that he had his work cut out for him. Matters were made even worse when QB Ryan Katz was knocked out for the season, and QB Adam Dingwell had to replace him. However, the ground game and the rushing attack have stayed solid this year. SDSU ranks 44th in the land in scoring defense and 15th in the land in rushing, and in both cases, the ground work of RB Adam Muema and RB Walter Kazee has made the difference.
It’s a tough draw for the Cougars. Yes, they do have the defense that can stand up to any team in the country, as this unit ranks fifth in the nation in scoring and third in total ‘D’. Still, QB Riley Nelson isn’t at 100%, and he and his teammates know it. That could make for a long game against a very good team. We want the points on our side in spite of the fact that BYU won each of the final five meetings that these two teams had in the Mountain West this year.
BYU vs. San Diego State Pick: San Diego State Aztecs +3.5
Poinsettia Bowl Score Prediction: San Diego State 24 – BYU 16