The Arizona State Sun Devils and Boise State Broncos will both be looking to make for great NCAA football picks this bowl season, as the two teams meet in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl in Sin City on December 22nd.
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MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Matchup: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Boise State Broncos
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Date/Time: Thursday, December 22nd, 8:00 ET
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Odds: Boise State -14
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Total: 66
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com
Last year, the only reason why Boise State wasn’t in the BCS is because of the fact that it couldn’t kick a field goal down the stretch against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The end result was that it lost the game, the WAC Championship, and a spot in the BCS. The good news though, is that it came here to Sin City and absolutely blew apart the Utah Utes 26-3 in a game that was never really close once the Broncos turned on the jets. This year, the story is basically identical. A very good TCU Horned Frogs team ran up against the Broncos on the Smurf Turf and beat them thanks to, once again, a missed field goal at the gun by Boise State.
The question is whether or not we should assume that the Broncos are going to have the desire to play in this game this year as well. We just don’t see why that won’t be the case, especially with an Arizona State team here that doesn’t even have a head coach to play for and doesn’t know who its coach is going to be next season as of the middle of December. The Sun Devils were a wreck defensively all season long, and this was the unit that really fell apart for this team down the stretch when the squad was beaten in each of its final four games to go from certain Pac-12 South winners to not even having a chance of getting into the league title game going into the last weekend of the season.
This is the final game in the illustrious career of QB Kellen Moore, who has thrown for over 14,000 yards and 140 TDs in his four years in Boise. He has 49 career wins and would love to set the record for a starting quarterback at an even 50 before he leaves for the NFL. The Broncos weren’t quite as good around him this year as they were a year ago we tend to think, though there is still no shame in the fact that Boise State outscored its opponents 43.2-18.2 on the average game. That 25 point margin of victory is amongst the biggest in the nation, and it is why this team has a great chance to finish up the season ranked in the Top 5 in the country in spite of the fact that it was overlooked for the BCS.
In the end, the way that this team played a season ago in this game tells us that there is going to be no reason to expect a letdown this time around either. This is a worse Arizona State team that has to be down psychologically in a big time way, and the end result is going to be another three score win for the Broncos, who should have a huge following in their final game before going off to the Big East next year.
Free MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Pick: Boise State -14
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