Las Vegas Bowl Spread: 2017 College Football Bowl Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 13, 2017

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The 2017 college football postseason kicks off with five games on Saturday, but one clearly stands out above the rest and that’s No. 25 Boise State facing Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.

AT
December 16, 2017, 3:30 PM ET
Sam Boyd Stadium
Oregon
7-5
Pointspread +7 -110
Moneyline +210
Over / Under o +63

59%

Betting Action

41%

Pointspread -7 -110
Moneyline -260
Over / Under u +63

59%

Betting Action

41%

If we are being honest, the first 12 days or so of the bowl season aren’t all that exciting from a matchup perspective. That schedule is full of anonymous mid-major schools just happy to be playing on national television. However, there’s always an exception to every rule.

Broncos vs. Ducks Spread and Betting Analysis

On Saturday, bettors at Sports Interaction are treated to the best bowl matchup until at least Dec. 28: No. 25 Boise State against Oregon – two very recognizable schools that were powerhouses recently. It’s the third all-time meeting, with the Broncos winning in 2008 & ’09.

The schools do have two common opponents this season: Wyoming and ranked Washington State. The Broncos lost at Washington State on Sept. 9 in a thriller, 47-44 in triple overtime. Boise beat visiting Wyoming 24-14 on Oct. 21. The Ducks won at Wyoming on Sept. 16, 49-13, but lost at home to Wazzu on Oct. 7, 33-10.

It’s the fourth trip to the Las Vegas Bowl for Boise State, which is 3-0 (2-1 ATS) in the previous three. The Broncos played there from 2010-12. Oregon is 1-1 in the bowl (1-1 ATS), last losing to BYU in 2006.

Boise State is 2-6 ATS in its past eight against the Pac-12, while Oregon has covered only two of its past eight non-conference games overall.

Boise State Broncos

The Broncos (10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS) were the Mountain West Conference champions. In an interesting twist, Boise State’s final two games were against Fresno State. The Bulldogs won the first, 28-17 at home, but the following week in Boise, the Broncos won 17-14 in the MWC title game. Boise State is a well-rounded offensive team as QB Brett Rypien has thrown for 2,515 yard and 14 scores. His favourite target is Cedrick Wilson, who caught 73 passes for 1,290 yards and six TDs. Alexander Mattison rushed for 1,074 yards and 12 scores. However, Mattison and tight end Jake Roh (39 catches, 410 yards, 9 TDs) are both likely to be game-time decisions with lower-leg injuries. Roh has missed the past two, while Mattison was injured in the MWC title game.

Oregon Ducks

Oregon (7-5, 6-6 ATS) finished fourth in the Pac-12 North under first-year coach Willie Taggart, but he already has left for Florida State. The team originally put an interim tag on offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal, but has since given him the full-time job after the players asked for it. The Ducks were two different teams this year: the one with star quarterback Justin Herbert and the one without. Oregon was 1-4 in the five games Herbert missed with a broken collarbone and struggled mightily on offense (15 ppg). The school was 6-1 in games he played and averaged 52.1 points per, which would have led the nation. Herbert is healthy now. The Ducks also have one of the nation’s top running backs in Royce Freeman, who holds every career school rushing record and a few Pac-12 marks. There’s a chance Freeman sits this out to avoid injury ahead of preparing for the NFL draft.

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