2011 College Bowl Predictions: Boise State vs. Arizona State in MAACO Bowl

Brandon WhalenCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2011

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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When: Dec. 22, 2011 - 8 p.m. EST

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Betting Line: Boise State, (-14)

Predicted Outcome: Boise State 45, Arizona State 20


Boise State Breakdown

The Broncos are one missed field goal away from possibly facing LSU in the National Championship, but they'll most likely end up at the Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma State.

Boise State has a high-powered offense led by senior quarterback Kellen Moore.

Moore is already one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history, and tomorrow he has a chance to extend his career win record to 50.

The Broncos are seventh in the nation, averaging 43.3 points per game and ranked 10th in scoring defense, allowing only 18.3 points per game.

Arizona State Breakdown

Arizona State started 5-1, but has lost five of six including four straight to end the regular season 6-6, which puts them third in the weaker south division of the Pac-12.

The Sun Devils' offense is led by 6-foot-8 junior quarterback Brock Osweiler, who has thrown for over 3,600 yards and 24 touchdowns. 

They rank 25th in the nation, scoring 33.9 points per game and ranked 11th in passing yards.

Their defense is led by junior linebacker and future first-round draft pick Vontaze Burfict, who has amassed 68 tackles, five sacks and an interception. 

Even with a player like Burfict in the middle, Arizona State still has an average defense, allowing over 26 points per game.

Game Breakdown

This is one of the most confusing matchups of the bowl season.  There's a five game difference between the teams' records and Boise, and many others feel they're deserving of a BCS bid.

Moore is deadly accurate and should rip apart the Sun Devil's secondary. 

If Arizona State wants to have a shot at this game, Osweiler must have the game of his life, and their defense needs to step up and force turnovers.

If everything falls into place and Arizona State catches some lucky breaks, they will have a chance in this game, but I wouldn't bet on it. 

The Broncos are going to be angry; expect them to focus it on the Sun Devils and make an example out of them.