Boise State vs. Washington - 12/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boise State Broncos (12-1) at Washington Huskies (7-5)
College Football: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -3 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The Boise State Broncos and Washington Huskies meet Saturday in the college football Las Vegas Bowl at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Boise State Broncos enter this bowl game on a six-game winning streak. The Boise State Broncos have won four of their last five non-home games. Hank Bachmeier is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Bachmeier and Chase Cord have combined for 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. John Hightower and Khalil Shakir have combined for 1,757 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while CT Thomas has 38 receptions. The Boise State Broncos ground game is averaging 174.1 yards per contest, and George Holani leads the way with 979 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Boise State is allowing 20.6 points and 346.7 yards per game. Riley Whimpey leads the Boise State Broncos with 72 tackles, Curtis Weaver has 13.5 sacks and Kekoa Nawahine has three interceptions.
The Washington Huskies enter this contest splitting their last eight games. The Washington Huskies have split their last four non-home games. Jacob Eason is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,922 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Eason has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Hunter Bryant and Aaron Fuller have combined for 1,498 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Cade Otton has 29 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 150.3 yards per contest, and Salvon Ahmed leads the way with 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 20.4 points and 355.5 yards per game. Elijah Molden leads the Washington Huskies with 70 tackles, Joe Tryon has eight sacks and Cameron Williams has three interceptions.
The Broncos are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 bowl games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in December and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. The under is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 games as a favorite. The Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Boise State Broncos should be up for this game given that they're facing the guy in Chris Petersen who built the program to what it is today. The problem is this isn't the same Boise State team from past years, as the Broncos can be a bit sloppy on both sides of the ball and they had their struggles against mediocre teams in Wyoming and Colorado State. This has been a disappointing season for the Washington Huskies, but there's still oodles of talent on both sides of the ball and there's 18 seniors on this roster who will want to end things on a high note. I'd consider Boise State if we we're getting more than three points, but this line seems too soft not to take the Huskies.