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LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The 2012 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl takes place on Saturday at 3:30PM ET with Washington facing Boise State on ESPN.

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Boise State is 10-2 on the season and 6-6 against the spread while Washington is 7-5 overall and 7-5 against the spread. Both teams have hit the under in 7 of their games this season. These two last met in 2007, with Washington getting a 24-10 victory.

Trends show that Boise State has covered the spread in its last 4 bowl games and in its last 6 games at a neutral site. Washington is just 1-5-2 against the spread in its last 8 games against an opponent from the Mountain West Conference.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Boise State is the favorite in this game, as the Broncos have odds of -5.5 points against Washington. The over/under total for the game has been set at 45 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had Boise State favored by 7.5 points. The spread was never higher than that, and hit a low of 5 points before closing at Boise State -5.5. The over/under total opened at 46 points and hit a peak of 46.5 before falling back to 45.

Boise State won its final three games of the season to finish 7-1 in the Mountain West and earn a share of the conference title. The Broncos had their two losses this season come by a combined six points to two other bowl teams (San Diego State & Michigan State). Boise State had the sixth-best defense in the nation this season, allowing just 14.9 points per game. The issue this year was the offense, which averaged just 30.4 points per game, which was a big drop from previous seasons. The Broncos have been led by running back D.J. Harper, who has rushed for 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Washington closed the regular season with a surprising 31-28 overtime loss to Washington State. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Huskies. Washington finished Pac-12 play at 5-4, well out of the title picture. The Huskies averaged just 23.8 points per game on offense this season, but the defense held opponents to the same average. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 2,486 yards and 18 touchdowns this year while running back Bishop Sankey rushed for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Boise State safety Hazen Moss is questionable with an undisclosed injury while offensive lineman Jake Broyles is questionable with a leg injury. Washington has no injuries to report.

The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Boise State, as the Broncos are getting 65% of the wagers with odds of -5.5 points against Washington on Saturday.

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