Boise State (11-1) meet Arizona State (6-6) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night, as two teams that had high hopes for the 2011 season have to settle for a non-BCS bowl game.
The Las Vegas Bowl is a major disappointment for Boise State after finishing the season with only one loss, which came against TCU as a result of a missed 39-yard field goal. It was the second-straight season the Broncos were denied a chance to play for the national championship as the result of a missed field goal.
Boise State's biggest win of the season was against 19th-ranked Georgia in Atlanta in the season opener. The Broncos rolled past the Bulldogs, 35-21, behind an excellent performance from Kellen Moore.
The senior quarterback will be playing his last game in a Boise State uniform after racking up over 14,000 yards as a four-year starter. Moore finished the 2011 season having completed better than 74 percent of his passes, and threw for 3507 yards, to go along with 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Running back Doug Martin will also be making his last appearance as a Bronco. The senior is coming off his second-straight season rushing over 1,000 yards.
Though the Boise State secondary has struggled this season, the Broncos are strong up front, and could possibly pose problems for Arizona State.
The Sun Devils are coming off a season where they finished ,500 and lost four straight games. Arizona State was ranked 18th at one point, and even knocked off highly touted USC, 43-22. Things went down hill when the Sun Devils lost to Oregon, which would lead to losing four of their last five games.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler has put up strong numbers in his first full season as the starter. The junior completed 63.1 percent of his passes, and threw for 3,641 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 6'8 star is capable of racking up passing yards against weak defenses.
The Sun Devils are also led by a strong running game. Running back Cameron Marshall rushed for over 1,000 yards and has scored a touchdown in all but two games this season. The junior was particularly strong against USC when he rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns.
Arizona State's defense was a big reason they got their season off to a strong start, but in the last four games, the Sun Devils have given up an average of 36 points a game.
Boise State has a record of 7-4 all-time in bowl games, while Arizona State is 12-11-1.
LINE: Boise State is favored by 14.5 points
OVER/UNDER: 66 points
PREDICTION: Boise State has more on the line as many high-profile seniors are leaving, and the Broncos are so disappointed with missing out on BCS berth. Expect a great game from Moore and Martin, and for the Broncos defense to step up. Arizona State are successful when they force turnovers, but they will have trouble doing that against a Boise State squad that is very efficient.
PREDICTED SCORE: Boise State over Arizona State, 45-14.