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Bowl Game Picks, Las Vegas Bowl: Utah Vs. Boise State

Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 22st ESPN 8 p.m. EST 
No. 19 Utah Utes vs. No. 10 Boise State Broncos
Odds: Boise State -16

Both schools have appeared in multiple BCS games and both are 2-0 in those matchups and Boise was very close to going to a third but two missed field goals against Nevada which dropped it to the Las Vegas Bowl. Utah was proven to be not as good as its ranking by getting crushed by TCU and then Notre Dame, so it is unsure how good Utah really is. Plus, the Utes are without starting quarterback Jordan Wynn who had season-ending shoulder surgery and will be replaced by Terrance Cain

Here are the experts picks of who will in the Las Vegas Bowl. First up is ESPN national blogger Andrea Adelson:
Boise State 38, Utah 20. Utah has won nine straight bowl games, but that streak ends against the Broncos, a team that is far more talented and experienced. Boise State gets the edge in virtually every category, but the biggest edge is having Moore.
The computers from AccuScore also have Boise State as a huge favorite as well. They predict Boise State to win 87.2 percent of the time and by an average score of 39.6 to 19.5.

Utah's Kyle Whittingham and Boise State Chris Petersen are both famously known for preparing their teams with a long layoff, and that makes my prediction even more difficult. Predicting a score is futile in my opinion (others may call it cowardly) but my prediction is that Boise State will win, but not cover the 16-point spread and possibly for Utah to keep the game within 10 points.