Baylor Bears vs. Boise State Broncos, Cactus Bowl, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Football Betting, Picks and Prediction

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10-2 December 27, 10:15 PM | Grass of Chase Field 6-6

When: 10:15 PM ET, Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. OPENER: Boise State -7.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Tuesday, December 27th – CACTUS BOWL – Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ

Team Spread Money Line Total
Baylor +7.5 -120 +255 68 -110
Boise State -7.5 +100 -320 68 -110

The Baylor Bears and the Boise State Broncos will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Chase Field.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (10-2, 6-2 Mountain West): After losing to Air Force for the third consecutive year and failing to make it into the conference championship for the second straight season, the Broncos are looking at a potential bowl win over a Big 12 team as something to build on. “We’re trying to finish this season the right way and take everything we’ve learned and apply it,” coach Bryan Harsin told reporters. “And go out there and be a much better football team than we were in the last game.” Junior running back Jeremy McNichols (1,663 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing), sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien (3,341 yards, 23 TDs passing), and wide receivers Thomas Sperbeck (72 catches, 1,193 yards, nine touchdowns) along with Cedrick Wilson (50, 1,041, 10) lead an offense that averaged 35.6 points and 479.8 yards per game.

ABOUT BAYLOR (6-6, 3-6 Big 12): The Bears have the fifth-ranked offense nationally, averaging 523.3 yards – including 250.3 yards rushing. However, most of that was accomplished with Seth Russell (152-of-278, 2,126 yards, 20 TD passes) at quarterback and the senior won’t play after breaking his left ankle in a 45-24 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 12. Freshman Zach Smith started the final three games at quarterback and threw eight touchdown passes compared to six interceptions over that span so look for the Bears to lean heavily on a running game led by sophomore Terence Williams (945 yards, 11 TDs, 5.9 per carry) and senior Shock Linwood (751, two, 5.4).

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Broncos listed as 7.5-point favorites versus the Bears, while the game’s total is sitting at 68 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. Baylor will try to end the up-and-down Jim Grobe coaching era on a high note when it faces Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27 at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grobe took over on an interim basis when Art Briles was fired on May 26 amid the school’s sexual assault scandal and led the team to a 6-0 start, but the Bears, who hired Temple’s Matt Rhule to become permanent head coach last week, limp into the contest with a six-game losing streak. “I’m very excited for our players to have an opportunity to play in the Cactus Bowl against a great football team in Boise State,” Grobe told reporters. “I think our guys are looking forward to coaching these kids and getting them ready for a bowl game. So I feel good about playing in a bowl game. This is going to be it for me, so I’d like to win it for sure.”

2. Playing a Big 12 opponent in the Phoenix area brings back some fond memories for Boise State football fans. The last time the Broncos played a Big 12 opponent in a bowl game was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Adrian Peterson-led Oklahoma when Boise State pulled out a memorable 43-42 overtime upset victory. That contest is famous for a 50-yard hook and ladder touchdown play by the Broncos on 4th-and-18 with 18 seconds to go to force overtime, and then Boise State won it with a Statue of Liberty two-point conversion by running back Ian Johnson who then proposed a few minutes later to his girlfriend in the middle of his nationally-televised postgame interview.

3. This will be the second time Baylor will play a bowl game in the Phoenix area in the last four seasons. After winning the 2013 Big 12 championship, the Bears were upset by Central Florida 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl. “I like Arizona a lot,” senior linebacker Aiavion Edwards told the Waco Tribune. “We had a good time the last time we were there, and we’re looking forward to finishing the game off better than last time.”

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Team record: 6-6 SU,3-9 ATS
Current Streak: lost 6 straight games.
Baylor is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Baylor is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Baylor’s last 12 games

Boise State:
Team record: 10-2 SU,4-8 ATS
Boise State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Boise State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Boise State Broncos will cover the spread at -7.5 and the game will stay under 68 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Boise State 35, Baylor 24 at bovada-logo-top-book.

35.6 PTS FOR 34.9
22.7 PTS AGNST 30.4
12.9 DIFF. 4.5
297.8 PASS YDS 273.1
182.1 RUSH YDS 250.3
199.5 PASS D 223.9
179.8 RUSH D 211.6
0.6 TO DIFF 0.6
No Injuries to report.
No Injuries to report.
Boise State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Boise State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Baylor is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Baylor’s last 12 games
Baylor is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Boise State’s Overall Scoring vs Baylor’s Overall Defense 35.6 28 30.4 82
Baylor’s Overall Scoring vs Boise State’s Overall Defense 34.9 34 22.7 29
BOISE 13.5 16.7 -3.3
BAYLOR 15.0 14.3 0.7
BOISE 10.1 6.0 4.1
BAYLOR 7.4 7.4 0.0
BOISE 4.8 4.4 0.4
BAYLOR 5.1 4.4 0.8

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