- Boi.St.-13, 68
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- Boi St. -10
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In the last eight years, Boise State (11-1, 4-8 ATS) has managed to earn or fall into impressive bowl assignments. Only once since 2003 have the Broncos not played a ranked team, which was 2007 and that worked out well with a trip to the Hawaii Bowl. This year is different and Boise State is not hiding their disappointment, having to play their third game in Las Vegas in a year (regular season game also) against a .500 Arizona State club.
Quarterback Kellen Moore threw a school-record 41 touchdowns passes this season and mastered the art of pass distribution. Moore completed a pass to at least eight different receivers in every game, which enabled him to complete 74.1 percent of his passes, a career high. The Broncos are 10th in the nation at 310.3 passing yards per game. The Boise State runners churned out 172.8 yards a contest. The Broncos defense finished 16th nationally, but was taken advantage of from time to time by stronger passing offenses. Boise State is 19-8 ATS after three straight wins by 17 or more points.
At the end of October, Arizona State (6-6, 3-8-1 ATS) was thinking Pac 12 South title with a 6-2 record after clobbering Colorado 48-14. But that was the last time the Sun Devils tasted victory, losing four in a row and costing Dennis Erickson his job. Arizona State runs a spread offense which worked better than expected with QB Brock Osweiler in command, averaging 310.2 passing yards per game, ranking 11th in the nation. The defense was a complete disappointment, easily picked apart to close the season. ASU is 8-2-1 ATS receiving 10.5 or more points.
Boise State is 7-4 and 8-3 ATS as bowler, while Arizona State is 12-11-1 and 6-4 ATS as an underdog. The Mountain West Conference is 8-4 ATS in this Sin City bowl.