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Las Vegas Bowl Preview, Odds and Free Picks

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 07:26

Las Vegas Bowl odds and picksThe Boise State Broncos' current head coach used to be the employer of the Washington Huskies' current defensive coordinator. This will form the backdrop for a very interesting bowl battle.

2012 NCAA College Football – Las Vegas Bowl Preview

Washington Huskies vs. Boise State Broncos – Saturday, December 22

When venturing into the realm of sport betting online, you're going to find it hard to bet against the Boise State Broncos in this game. Various bookies in the United States will like the fact that the Broncos attained a 10-2 season in 2012 despite losing quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin, who has made a splash in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Chris Petersen has built something special in Boise, creating the kind of program that can still succeed and win a share of the Mountain West Conference championship in a down year. Recent 5dimes.com reviews have reason to value the Broncos for a number of reasons. Just look at their overall profile.

As has been the case with Boise State for over a decade now, whenever things look bleak, you can count on the Broncos' defense to lead the way. With the massive turnover that occurred on offense in the offseason, Boise State knew that it had to be elite defensively if the Broncos were to have any chance of competing at a level they’ve become accustomed to under Petersen. The defense has responded with a top 10 national ranking and one of the best turnover margins in all of college football. The Broncos have a knack for getting after the quarterback, averaging almost three sacks per game, and have been one of the top teams in terms of red zone defense.

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One thing that can’t be overlooked going to the bowl season with Boise State is Petersen’s track record in games with weeks or months to prepare. While the Broncos dropped their opener to Michigan State this year on the road, the fact remains that Petersen almost always has his teams ready to play coming out of extended layoffs. With a three-game bowl win streak, the Broncos will use this upcoming postseason to put the exclamation point on another double-digit win campaign as the Broncos prepare to head to the Big East next year.

What's standing in Boise State's way in the Las Vegas Bowl? Not just the Washington Huskies, but a man named Justin Wilcox. A college football season, with just 12 games, is like online poker. Uncertainty is part of the mix, and this will be true for the chess match between Wilcox and Petersen. Wilcox, you see, was Boise State's defensive coordinator from 2006 through 2009. As a member of Petersen's staff, Wilcox helped Boise State win the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and go unbeaten in the 2009 season (capped by a win over TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl). Wilcox knows Petersen's thinking, and what's more is that Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick struggled markedly this past season, throwing numerous interceptions inside the red zone.

If Boise State commits two or three red-zone turnovers in this game and Wilcox makes timely defensive adjustments for Washington, the Huskies could very definitely pull off the slight but real upset. Read more on the latest college football odds and insider analysis.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 23:11
 
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