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Las Vegas Bowl: Utah Utes vs Boise State Broncos

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Ranked teams see their first bowl action of the year when the No. 20 Utah Utes take on the No. 10 ranked Boise State Broncos in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas. The latest college football odds posted for this game, have the Broncos favored by a whopping 17 points with a total posted at 60 points.

When these two teams meet at Sam Boyd Stadium, Boise State will be looking to end the year on a high note after their disappointing loss to Nevada that derailed their hopes for an undefeated season.

The Broncos are led on the field by Heisman candidate quarterback Kellen Moore and a high powered offense. Moore ranks as one of the nation's best quarterbacks and is highly regarded by many as its best true passer. Ranking third nationally in completion percentage (71.01), Moore has thrown for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns, and is the heart and soul of the Broncos.

The Broncos are known for their great offense but they also have a tough defense that is allowing 13.6 points per game, fourth lowest in the country.

The Broncos won a share of the conference title and it was Boise's eighth conference championship in as many years in the WAC. Even with a conference championship under their belt, the Broncos have to be unhappy about not playing in a BCS bowl game considering they spent the better part of the year on top of the rankings.

Utah had a similar experience as they started the season 8-0 and crept into the higher part of the rankings only to lose a pivotal game against TCU. From there they went into a tailspin and recovered just in time beat their rival, BYU. The Utes enter this game with a nine game bowl winning streak on the line that could be in jeopardy against Boise State. The Utes will have to try and win as 17 point underdogs without their starting quarterback.

Quarterback B Jordan Wynn was knocked out in the team's final game against the BYU Cougars, and he is extremely doubtful to be able to give it a go in this one. Terrance Cain will get the nod for the Utes and he looked horrid in relief of Wynn against BYU throwing two interceptions.

The Broncos are 39-15-1 ATS against a team with a winning record and 41-20-1 ATS in their last 62 non-conference games. The Utes are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games and will have trouble keeping pace with the Broncos.

BTB's Pick: Boise State -17

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Las Vegas Bowl History.
Las Vegas Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/18/92
Bowling Green
35
Nevada
34
12/17/93
Utah State
42
Ball State
33
12/15/94
UNLV
52
C. Michigan
24
12/14/95
Toledo (OT)
40
Nevada
37
12/18/96
Nevada
18
Ball State
15
12/20/97
Oregon
41
Air Force
13
12/19/98
UNC
20
SD State
13
12/18/99
Utah
17
Fresno State
16
12/21/00
UNLV
31
Arkansas
14
12/25/01
Utah
10
USC
6
12/25/02
UCLA
27
New Mexico
13
12/24/03
Oregon St
55
New Mexico
14
12/23/04
Wyoming
24
UCLA
21
12/22/05
California
35
BYU
28
12/22/06
BYU
38
Oregon
8
12/22/07
BYU
17
UCLA
16
12/20/08
Arizona
31
BYU
21
12/22/09
BYU
44
Oregon St
20

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