CFB: Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl - Arizona vs. BYU (8:00 PM ET, ESPN)


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CFB: Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl - Arizona vs. BYU (8:00 PM ET, ESPN)

BYU (10-2, 3-8 ATS) is probably mildly unhappy about not winning the conference, yet backers of the Mormon University always enjoy making the trek to Sin City.


2008-12-19

BYU (10-2, 3-8 ATS) is probably mildly unhappy about not winning the conference, yet backers of the Mormon University always enjoy making the trek to Sin City. This will be the fourth straight year that the Cougars will be playing in the Las Vegas Bowl. This year the opponent is Arizona, who plays as the 3-point favorite out of the Pac 10. An unusual occurrence, bettors are backing underdog BYU at a 71% clip so far.

The Cougars 17th ranked offense will match wits with the 21st ranked Arizona defense. What ended up costing BYU an undefeated season was a defense that was too slow against faster teams. The Cougars are paltry 1-7 ATS since October. The Wildcats (7-5. 7-5 ATS) only had one real bad defensive game against Oregon, allowing 55 points, otherwise were solid. At press time, Arizona was 3-point favorite and is 3-10 ATS in that role in non-conference play. The ‘Cats are in first bowl since 1998. Interesting to note, the Mountain West was 6-1 and 4-3 ATS in regular season meetings. The dog as taken the money in this bowl three of the last four times.

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Series Trend: The Mountain West team owns a 3-1 SU & ATS record over the Pac 10 in the last four Las Vegas Bowl games. The UNDER has dominated the totals' ledger, going 7-3 in the last 10. This is the fourth straight time that BYU has punched its postseason ticket to "Sin City". Arizona is in this game for the first time.

Top ATS Trend
• Mike Stoops is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) vs. good passing teams averaging 250 or more passing yards/game. as the coach of ARIZONA. The average score was ARIZONA 23.1, OPPONENT 23.9 - (Rating = 2*)

Top Totals Trend
• BYU is 11-2 UNDER (+8.8 Units) in games played on a neutral field since 1992. The average score was BYU 19.8, OPPONENT 23.0 - (Rating = 1*)

Recent BYU Bowl Game Trends
* Favorites have won six straight BYU bowl bowl games, going 4-2 ATS.
* BYU is 1-3 SU & ATS in its L4 bowl games as an underdog.
* UNDER the total is 8-2 in the L10 BYU bowl games.

Recent ARIZONA Bowl Game Trends
* Arizona has gone UNDER the total in 4 straight bowl games.
* The underdog is 4-1 SU & 5-0 ATS in Arizona's L5 bowl games.
* Arizona is 1-2 SU & 0-3 ATS in L3 bowl games as favorite.

StatFox Forecaster says: Arizona 37, BYU 28

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