The 2011 Las Vegas Bowl kicks off on Thursday night as the Arizona St. Sun Devils face the No. 7 Boise St. Broncos in a match-up that's noticeably lopsided. Boise State failed to make a BCS bowl and ended up in this situation as a result, which has led to some pretty strong responses from the Broncos.
Boise State finished the season with just a single loss on the year, and that loss only occurred due to a missed field goal by the Broncos as time expired against the TCU Horned Frogs. Arizona State, on the other hand, recently fired its coach, Dennis Erickson after finishing this season with a 6-6 record. He will coach the Sun Devils in this game before giving way to Todd Graham, who unceremoniously informed his Pittsburgh Panthers that he left the job via text message.
Expect the Broncos to try to take out their frustration on the Sun Devils, which should at least be entertaining to watch.
Time: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, 6:00 p.m. MT
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Tom Rinaldi in the booth.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Odds: Boise State favored by 14.5 points
Series history: Arizona leads, 1-0. The Sun Devils defeated the Broncos, 56-7, in 1996, the year the team moved up to Division I football.