The Utah Utes from the Mountain West conference will do battle with the Boise St Broncos from the WAC conference is the Las Vegas Bowl from college football on Wednesday December 23rd.
Kick off time from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas Nevada is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The point spread opened up in the Las Vegas Bowl with the Boise St Broncos favored by -16 ½ points with an over under of 61 points.
The early money from the college football bettors has come on the side of the Broncos as Boise St is now favored by -17 points.
Boise St Broncos money line gamblers will lay -800 odds with the underdog Utah Utes bringing back +550 odds to post the upset win without the aid of a point spread.
These two college football schools are battling for the first time since the 2006 regular season that saw the Boise St Broncos post the 36-3 road victory at the Utah Utes as a +5 point underdog. The game landed under the closing total of 49 points.
The Utah Utes enters the Las Vegas Bowl with a record of 10-2 on the season. The club puts up 35 points and 404 yards per game.
In their bowl game last season the Utah Utes posted a 37-27 win against the California Golden Bears as a +3 point underdog. The Utes are playing their 8th straight bowl game.
Utah’s two losses came at Notre Dame and TCU. The team has notable victories against bowl teams such at Pittsburgh, Air Force, San Diego St and in their final regular season game played on November 27th a 17-16 victory against arch rival the BYU Cougars as a -7 ½ point favorite.
The club put up 296 yards and converted on 4 of 15 on third down. The team struggled on the ground with just 89 yards on 28 carries for a 2.8 yards per rush average. Utah turned it over three times and took back three from BYU.
Quarterback Jordan Wynn completed 13 of 30 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and pick. Wynn suffered a shoulder injury and has been listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Terrance Cain in relief completed just 2 of 7 passes for 8 yards and two picks.
Running back Eddie Wide led the club with 18 rushes for 73 yards. Matt Asiata contributed with 8 runs for 23 yards and a score.
Wide receiver Jereme Brooks led the Utes with 3 catches for 72 yards.
On defense the Utes allow their opponents 19 points and 22 points per game.
The team gave up 293 yards to the Cougars offense and 6 of 15 on third down. Utah was outstanding in run defense by allowing only 65 yards on 37 carries for a 1.8 yards per rush average. The Utes allowed the opposing quarterback to complete 22 of 37 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown and pick.
BYU travels to Las Vegas with an overall mark of 11-1 on the season. The team puts up 46 points and 521 yards per game.
Boise St earned a BCS bowl berth last season and earned a 17-10 victory against the TCU Horned Frogs as a +7 point underdog.
The Broncos earned notable victories against bowl bound Virginia Tech, Toledo, Hawaii and Fresno St. their lone loss came in a 34-31 overtime defeat to the Nevada Wolf Pack as a -14 road underdog.
Boise St bounced back from that heartbreaking defeat by putting up a 50-14 victory at Utah St on December 4th as a -38 ½ point home favorite.
The team put up 453 yards and converted on 6 of 11 on third down. The Broncos ran the ball 33 times for 202 yards for over 6 yards per carry. Boise St committed no turnovers and took two away from the Aggies.
Quarterback Kellen Moore completed 24 of 34 passes for 237 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.
Running back Jeremy Avery ran it 10 times for 71 yards and a score. Jarvis Hodge contributed with 48 yards on 8 carries.
Tight end Kyle Efaw led the team with 5 catches for 76 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Austin Pettis contributed with 4 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.
On defense the Broncos surrenders 13 points and just 264 yards per game.
Boise St allowed their WAC conference foe 291 yards and 5 of 16 on third down. The Broncos gave up run yardage as Utah St rushed it 51 times for 250 yards for nearly 5 yards per carry. Boise St was stout in pass defense by allowing the opposing quarterback just 4 of 14 passes for 41 yards with no touchdowns and two picks.
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