Bowl Pick: Las Vegas

Sam Boyd Stadium will be the host of the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl and will feature the 10-2 BYU Cougars and the 7-5 Arizona Wildcats.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out our pick for the Las Vegas Bowl, which takes place Saturday, December 20 at 8:00PM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Arizona -3 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 60 total points.

Top Public Betting Trend: BYU is just 1-7 against the spread in its last eight games, while Arizona is 11-5 against the spread in their last 16.

Key Stat: Both of these teams are averaging over 30 points a game this season, with BYU averaging 35.3 PPG and Arizona 37.1 PPG. Both programs are also allowing almost the identical points per game. BYU has allowed 21.2 PPG and Arizona has allowed 21.3 PPG.

Game Outlook: The Cougars are no stranger to the Las Vegas Bowl as this will be the fourth consecutive year BYU has appeared in this bowl game. BYU has struggled defensively over the second half of the season, which is something Arizona doesn’t have an issue with. The Wildcats rank 20th in the nation in stopping the run and 16th against the pass so it’ll be tough sledding for the Cougars in Vegas. Oddsmakers have made BYU an underdog just twice this year and both times they lost by more than 20 points. We don’t think the Wildcats will blow the Cougars out in this one, but we do think they’ll cover. Check out the rest of our College Football Bowl Free Pick below.

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Our Free College Football Bowl Pick for the Las Vegas Bowl matchup between the BYU Cougars and Arizona Wildcats game is

ARIZONA WILDCATS –3

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Arizona Wildcats 37

BYU 31

We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (60 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/20/08 11:00AM ET

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