The 2014 Fiesta Bowl from Phoenix Stadium will pit the 11th ranked Arizona Wildcats against the 21st ranked Boise State Broncos at 4 PM ET on ESPN. Boise State vs Arizona Odds have Arizona -3 on the spread with 68% of Fiesta Bowl Picks on the betting odds favorite. Boise State (11-2 SU 7-6 ATS) is riding an eight-game winning streak with their last win a 28-14 route over Fresno State as -22.5 home favorites. Arizona (10-3 SU 5-8 ATS) was smashed 13-51 against Oregon in their season finale as +14.5 road underdogs. Our ESPN2 News expert sports handicappers broke down this desert shootout. Boise State vs Arizona Odds has Boise State as +140 Moneyline underdogs to win straight up. (Bet $100 to win $140) at BOVADA.LV
Fiesta Bowl Picks Analysis: This should be an ‘ol fashion gunfight with two gifted offenses facing off against suspect defenses. Boise State’s diverse set of weapons should give the Wildcats defense a myriad of problems. Boise is led by accurate quarterback Grant Hedrick (157.8 passer rating) and potential NFL 2nd round running back Jay Ajayi (216 Lbs. 4.50 40-speed). The Wildcats 84th ranked pass-defense and run stop unit allows an ordinary 4.0 yards per carry gives the Bulldogs options to work with. Arizona’s offense will counter with QB Anu Solomon (27 TD 132.7 passer rating) and a deep set of receivers that could burn the suspect Boise State secondary. The Wildcats feature a freshman All-American RB in Nick Wilson (196 Lbs. 4.55 40-speed) who averaged 5.9 yards per carry and scored 15 TD’s. Boise State’s opportunistic defense creates turnovers but the Wildcats will have the edge in size and speed. Boise State vs Arizona Odds Over/Under is at 67.5 points at BOVADA.LV
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Arizona’s confidence might be a bit shaken after the Oregon mauling and Boise State hasn’t known the feeling of what it is like to lose in a while. The Wildcats have the better team on paper but a well-coached and confident Boise State team getting +3.5 on the spread is generous. Arizona’s kicking game has been shaky and in what could be a close scrape that might be critical for gamblers. Play Boise State to cover with RB Jay Ajayi leading the charge with explosive runs.
ESPN2 News Expert College Football Predictions: Boise State +3.5
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