The Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6) and Boise State Broncos (11-1) will meet up Thursday night in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas inside Sam Boyd Stadium.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Boise State Broncos

The Boise State Broncos hit Sin City for a second consecutive year during the bowl season

Arizona State closed out the regular season on a four-game losing streak that ultimately cost Dennis Erickson his job, as he will be on the sidelines one final time.  It’s important to note that all four of those losses were by 10 points or less, including a 47-38 loss to the California Golden Bears as six-point home favorites last time out.  “It was difficult because of the dramatic change from how we played early to how we played late,” stated Sun Devils athletic director Lisa Love.  Former Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Todd Graham will be the new man in Tempe next year.  Arizona State is 4-1 ATS as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus years.

The Sun Devils will rely heavily on junior quarterback Brock Osweiler, who threw for 3,641 yards during the regular season, which ranks as the second highest single-season total in school history.  Arizona State also pulled off a rare feat of featuring both a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver.  Cameron Marshall comes in with 1,038 rushing yards and has six career 100-yard games.  On the other side of the field, the defensive unit underperformed greatly, allowing 419.5 yards per contest.

Boise State is playing in this game for a second straight year and will look to improve upon its dominating 45-8 all-time mark when playing on the ESPN family of networks.  Broncos head coach Chris Petersen voiced his displeasure of the BCS system after falling into this game, which may trickle down to his squad.  “Everybody is tired of it,” Petersen commented earlier in the month. “I think that’s the bottom line.”  The Broncos missed a perfect regular season by dropping a 36-35 contest to the TCU Horned Frogs as 16-point home favorites on Nov. 12.  Boise State is 1-3 ATS in December the last two-plus years.

The Broncos have registered an impressive 49-3 record during the Kellen Moore era, as the senior quarterback will play his final game for the program.  He was named the 2011 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and has already thrown for 41 touchdowns, which is the most by a signal-caller in school history in a single season.  He will be protected by an offensive line that ranked first nationally in allowing just 0.67 sacks per game.

Bettors will likely back the Sun Devils due to their 8-2-1 ATS mark as an underdog of 10.5 or more points, while the Broncos are 0-6 ATS as a favorite of 10.5 or more points.

Recommendation: Arizona State Sun Devils +14

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