Las Vegas Bowl Prediction
Can No. 19 Boise State go on the road and lock up another opponent when the Broncos take on Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday at 7:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
215 Washington vs. 216 Boise State
Saturday, December 21, 2019
7:30PM ET – Sam Boyd Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Washington is the favorite in this game, as the Huskies are getting odds of -3 points against Boise State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 50 points. The public betting currently has 52 percent going on Boise State as the underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Boise State rolling
Boise State comes into this bowl game on a six-game win streak, including a 31-10 victory over Hawaii in the Mountain West Conference championship. The Broncos are 12-1 on the season, 7-5-1 against the spread and 7-6 with the under.
The Broncos are solid on both sides of the ball. The offense is averaging 36.8 points and 441.5 yards per game, while the defense is giving up just 20.6 points and 346.7 yards per contest. Hank Bachmeier has been the top passer this year with 1,760 yards and nine scores, but he has been out for weeks with a shoulder injury and is questionable to play in this bowl game. Jaylon Henderson will get the start if he can’t go. Henderson has 1,032 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. George Holani is the leading rusher on the team with 979 yards and seven scores, while John Hightower is the leading receiver with 48 catches for 923 yards and eight touchdowns. Curtis Weaver is leading the Boise defense with 50 tackles and 13.5 sacks.
Huskies top Washington State
Washington is coming off a 31-13 win over Washington State to end its regular season, but head coach Chris Petersen announced he will step down following the bowl game against his former team. The Huskies are 7-5 on the season, 7-5 against the spread and 6-6 with the over/under total.
The Huskies are also pretty good on both sides of the ball. The Washington defense is giving up just 20.4 points and 355.5 yards per game. Offensively, Washington is putting up 31.5 points and 395.4 yards per contest. Jacob Eason leads the offense with 2,922 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Salvon Ahmed is the team’s top rusher with 1,000 yards and nine scores, while Hunter Bryant has caught 52 passes for 825 yards and three scores. Bryant will not play in the bowl, though, as he is opting to sit out to avoid any potential injury.
College Football Betting Trends
The Broncos are 9-2 with the under in their last 11 games against a winning team and 4-1 with the under in their last five games following a win.
The Huskies are 5-1 with the under in their last six games at a neutral site and in seven of their last nine games following a win.
These two have hit the under in three of their last four meetings, but their last encounter was in 2015. Both teams ride their defenses, so I would expect it to be a struggle to score. Boise has been able to beat up on Mountain West opponents, but Washington’s defense will be a step up from that. I do think the Boise defense will be fine, but I don’t suspect that the Broncos will put up their usual offensive numbers. Washington will play hard for Petersen in his last game as coach, especially against his former team. Pride should lead the defense to a low-scoring battle.
Las Vegas Bowl Prediction: Boise State/Washington Under 50