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2019 Las Vegas Bowl - Washington Huskies vs Boise State Broncos

Las Vegas Bowl Betting

The Las Vegas Bowl is generally the best pre-Christmas bowl of the bunch. This bowl game has tie-ins with the Pac 12 and the two best Group of Five conferences due to its location and history, and we have seen some fantastic games over the years. At least one of the two teams involved in this bowl has been ranked in 13 of the last 14 years, and the Boise State Broncos will be playing the part of the ranked team this year. Boise State is a slight underdog on the college football betting line to the Washington Huskies though.

This is the final game in the illustrious coaching career of Chris Petersen. This game will be extra special for Petersen as he established Boise State as a powerhouse in the late 2000s and early 2010s, compiling a 92-12 record there before moving to Washington. He revamped the Huskies into the best program in the Pac 12 North, leading them to two Pac 12 Championships before retiring at the end of this season.

2019 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: ABC

Matchup: Washington Huskies vs Boise State Broncos

Odds: Washington -3.5, total 50

Las Vegas Bowl Preview

It was a disappointing year for the Huskies. After three straight 10-win seasons and Pac 12 North division titles, Washington went 7-5 and just 4-5 in conference play. The Huskies were competitive in all their losses, losing those five games by a combined 26 points. Their smallest margin of victory all season was 12 points, so this team should be primed for a bounce-back season in 2020 under new head coach Jimmy Lake…provided enough starters return.

We know two of Washington’s best players have already played their last game with the Huskies. Star left tackle Trey Adams and tight end Hunter Bryant both declared that they would sit out the bowl game to concentrate on the NFL Draft. Adams did an excellent job keeping Jacob Eason’s blind side protected this season, while Bryant was the team’s leading receiver.

Not having Adams could create a lot of problems for an offensive line that relied on the highly rated tackle, and the loss of Bryant hurts a receiving corps that failed to consistently deliver outside of Aaron Fuller. Fuller was second on the team with 54 receptions for 673 yards and six touchdowns, but the next leading receiver that will play in Sin City is Cade Otton. Otton caught 29 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, so there are concerns in the passing game.

Lake’s defenses have been some of the best in the conference during his time at Washington, and this year’s defense was ranked No. 27 in SP+. Washington was somewhat susceptible to power running games though.

Bryan Harsin has started three different quarterbacks for the Mountain West champions. Hank Bachmeier and Chase Cord have given way to Jaylon Henderson though, and Henderson has played well since becoming the starter just last month.

Henderson has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,032 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He hasn’t been as explosive as Bachmeier, but he hasn’t turned the ball over as much either and he’s been a much bigger threat with his mobility. Henderson is averaging 4.8 YPC once you take away sack yardage.

The Broncos can run the ball well with George Holani, and John Hightower is a dangerous receiver for Boise State. Hightower averaged 19.2 YPC this year, and he is 77 yards away from 1,000 on the season. His production has tailed off in recent weeks, but he will want to have a strong showing against Washington.

Boise State’s defense is usually one of the best in the country, but the loss of former defensive coordinator Andy Avalos to Oregon hurt the Broncos. They were just inside the SP+ top 50 for defense this season.

Las Vegas Bowl Format

The Las Vegas Bowl has been in existence since 1992 and is played at Sam Boyd Stadium, which is the home of the UNLV Rebels of the Mountain West Conference. This will be the last season at Sam Boyd, as the bowl game is set to move to the new Las Vegas Stadium in Paradise in 2020.

Las Vegas Bowl Prediction

This bowl game will be all about Petersen. That should lead to action on Washington prior to kickoff, giving bettors a great opportunity to take Boise State. Not having Adams and Bryant is huge for the Huskies, and the Broncos can take advantage of their absence to get the win.

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Fresno State Arizona State 31-20
2017 Boise State Oregon 38-28
2016 San Diego State Houston 34-10
2015 Utah BYU 35-28
2014 Utah Colorado State 45-10
2013 USC Fresno State 45-20
2012 Boise State Washington 28-26
2011 Boise State Arizona State 56-24
2010 Boise State Utah 26-3
2009 BYU Oregon State 44-20
2008 Arizona BYU 31-21
2007 BYU UCLA 17-16
2006 BYU Oregon 38-8
2005 California BYU 35-28
2004 Wyoming UCLA 24-21
2003 Oregon State New Mexico 55-14
2002 UCLA New Mexico 27-13
2001 Utah USC 10-6
2000 UNLV Arkansas 31-14

Originally a replacement for the California Raisin Bowl when debuting in 1992, the Las Vegas Bowl pitted teams from the Big West and Mid-American Conference’s with Bowling Green beating Nevada 35-34 in the maiden tilt. Those affiliations remained through 1996 when all hell broke loose.

With the Pac-12 having only six bowl-eligible teams in 2016 and two of them participating in the New Year’s Six bowls, there weren’t enough teams to send to Vegas. Therefore, organizers tabbed Houston from the American Athletic Conference to fill the void. San Diego State ended a three-year losing skid for the MWC with a 34-10 blowout victory.

Boise State became the first to win three straight Las Vegas Bowls with a narrow 28-26 win over Washington in 2012. The Broncos returned in 2018 for the first time since that victory and beat Oregon 38-28, giving them a perfect 4-0 record In 1995, Toledo defeated Nevada, 40-37, in the first overtime game in Division I history. The NCAA had adopted overtime rules to take place that postseason and all games thereafter. It’s the only overtime game in Las Vegas Bowl history. The Mountain West has an 11-7 career record in the Las Vegas Bowl, while the Pac-12 is 8-8.

Fresno State is the most recent winner, as it knocked off Arizona State in 2018, proving once again that a quality Mountain West program can hang against a Pac-12 opponent.

Some of the more notable MVPs of this bowl game include North Carolina quarterback Ronald Curry in 1998, Oregon State running back Steven Jackson in 2003, Cal running back Marshawn Lynch in 2005, Boise State running back Doug Martin in 2011 and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey in 2017.

Most All-Time Wins at Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
4 Boise State 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017
4 Utah 1999, 2001, 2014, 2015
3 BYU 2006, 2007, 2009
2 UNLV 1994, 2000

Boise State was the first school to win three in a row, accomplishing the feat from 2010-12 in its first three appearances. The Broncos matched the record for wins and remained perfect at 4-0 by downing Oregon in last year’s festivities.

The previous wins leader was the University of Utah, which used its conference affiliation in both the MWC and Pac-12 to qualify for five Las Vegas Bowl games, winning four of them. The Utes knocked off Holy War rival BYU in the 2015 edition and their only loss came at the hands of the undefeated Broncos in 2010. The Cougars have the most appearances with six, splitting those games. They also have a record four straight trips from 2006-09.

UNLV hasn’t lost at the Las Vegas Bowl but it hasn’t competed since 2000 because of the switch in conference tie-in.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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