Boise State Broncos (11-2) at Arizona Wildcats (10-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 31, 2014, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: 68
The Boise State Broncos and Arizona Wildcats clash Wednesday afternoon in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Boise State Broncos have won eight straight games and are playing in their 13th straight bowl. Grant Hedrick is completing 70.9 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Hedrick has seven total touchdowns and zero picks in his last three games, and Boise State has 34 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Thomas Sperbeck and Shane Williams-Rhodes have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Jake Roh has six receptions in his last two games. Boise State’s ground game is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, as Jay Ajayi leads the way with 1,689 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Defensively, the Boise State Broncos are allowing 26.5 points, 366.5 yards, and they’ve forced 39 sacks and 29 turnovers. Tanner Vallejo leads Boise State with 85 tackles and Kamalei Correa has 17 tackles for loss.
The Arizona Wildcats have won four of their last five games and are playing in their third straight bowl. Anu Solomon is completing 58 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Solomon has two touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Arizona has 28 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Cayleb Jones and Samajie Grant have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Austin Hill has seven catches in his last two games. Arizona’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Nick Wilson leads the way with 1,289 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, the Arizona Wildcats are allowing 27.5 points, 449.5 yards, and they’ve forced 37 sacks and 24 turnovers. Scooby Wright III leads Arizona with 153 tackles and William Parks has 13 tackles for loss.
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12. The Wildcats are 6-14 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Coach Rich Rodriguez has won five of his last six bowl games while Boise State has a long tradtion of struggling against top tier comp. While Arizona may not be elite, the Wildcats have far more playmakers and a lot more speed than the Broncos are used to seeing in the regular season. Look for the Wildcats to win this game and cover the small number.