There are many signs that the holiday season is now upon us, but in the world of sports, it is the start of bowl season that lets us know that Christmas is just around the corner. The playoff games are still a couple of weeks in the distance, but there is going to be plenty of football to keep us entertained between then and now. Sure, there are some games on the bowl schedule that don’t really get the juices flowing, but it’s amazing how many of these smaller bowl games actually end up being a ton of fun to watch and wager on.
The action commences on Friday night, but we are going to jump ahead to Saturday for a matchup that looks to be very interesting indeed. You have the Washington Huskies, a Power 5 team, going up against the Boise State Broncos, the champions of the Mountain West Conference in the Las Vegas Bowl. It was a very poor year for the Huskies, yet the bookies have them in as a 3 ½ point favorite. The point total for the Las Vegas Bowl has been set at 49 ½.
Boise State vs Washington 2019 Las Vegas Bowl Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
- TV: ABC
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: ABC Go
- Las Vegas Bowl Odds: Washington -3.5 (Total 49.5)
Why bet on the Boise State Broncos?After finishing the season with a 12-1 record and being crowned as the Mountain West Conference champions, the Boise State Broncos have very little left to prove. That said, they may want to send a message to the payoff committee by beating a Power 5 opponent and proving that the best Group of 5 teams deserve some playoff consideration.
Overall, the Broncos went 8-5 ATS this season, although it should be noted that they were just 1-2 ATS in neutral site games, although they did win all 3 of those games. The Broncos have a very decent record versus teams from the PAC 12, going 5-1 SU in their last 6 meetings against teams from that conference.
- Points per Game: 36.85
- Passing Yards: 267.38
- Rushing Yards: 174.15
- Yards per Play: 6.14
- Points per Game: 20.62
- Passing Yards: 234.38
- Rushing Yards: 112.31
- Yards per Play: 5.23
Why bet on the Washington Huskies?No matter what happens on Saturday, this will be the first time that the Huskies have failed to record double-digit wins on the season since 2015. To say that it has been a disappointing year for this team is putting things rather mildly. You do have to wonder about the mindset of the Huskies heading into this one.
Do they want to finish the season with a win, or will they just go through the motions as they have so often done this season? While the previous 4 meetings between the Broncos and the Huskies have been split down the middle, Washington did cover the spread in all 4 games. December has been a good month for the Huskies, going 7-2 ATS in their last 10 games played in that month. They are also 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Points per Game: 31.50
- Passing Yards: 245.08
- Rushing Yards: 150.33
- Yards per Play: 5.90
- Points per Game: 20.42
- Passing Yards: 225.08
- Rushing Yards: 130.42
- Yards per Play: 5.15
Boise State vs Washington 2019 Las Vegas Bowl Betting Trends
- Huskies are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference
- Huskies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played in December
- Broncos are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season
- Broncos are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boise State’s last 5 games played in December
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Boise State vs WashingtonAs mentioned earlier, I am a little concerned about just how up for this game the Huskies are going to be after a pretty awful season. The Broncos, meanwhile, are sure to still be riding high after their conference win, which is why I am on Boise State to spring the mild upset.
Score: Boise State Broncos 35 – Washington Huskies 27