2012 Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington betting odds, preview, pick

William Mancebo

Boise State is favored on most Las Vegas Bowl odds menus, but many believe Washington's strength of schedule means they can handle the Broncos. Check out the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl betting preview and pick.

Boise State has won and covered the spread in the past two Las Vegas Bowls and looks for the hat trick Saturday against the Washington Huskies. And the Las Vegas Bowl odds show the Broncos favored by 5 points at most sports books tracked by OddsShark.com, the lines partner of SBNation.

The game pits the Mountain West Conference champ against the fifth-place finisher in the Pac-12. With Boise State finishing its conference slate in a three-way tie, it faces Washington, picked over Arizona State, which also finished at 7-5 in Pac-12 play.

It is a low-level bowl, but features a pair of Top 25 schools. BSU ranked 15th in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, while Washington checked in at No. 23. The Huskies have momentum, piling up four straight conference wins in November, including upsets of Stanford and Oregon State.

Washington played in the highest-scoring bowl in history last season, losing 67-56 to Robert Griffin III's Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl. That game came on the heels of a 13-7 win over Nebraska in 2010 in the Holiday Bowl.

Boise State's defense must clamp down on the Huskies early if it hopes to make it four straight bowl victories. But handicappers like the strength of schedule Washington endured in 2012 and see that as a possible factor in the upset here.

The total was hovering at 46.5 as of Monday as most sports books.

Pick: Washington +5 (courtesy of PickShark.com)

Maaco Las Vegas Bowl History

Data includes original name of bowl, current name, teams, point spread of the second listed team, SU winner and ATS winner.

Year Bowl Team1 Team 2 Team2 Line ATS win

1996

Las Vegas Bowl

Nevada

18

Ball State

15

Push

1997

Las Vegas Bowl

Oregon

41

Air Force

13

3

OREG

1998

Las Vegas Bowl

North Carolina

20

San Diego State

13

7

Push

1999

Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State

16

Utah

17

-5

FRESNO

2000

Las Vegas Bowl

Arkansas

14

UNLV

31

-1

UNLV

2001

Las Vegas Bowl

Utah

10

Southern Cal

6

-3.5

UTAH

2002

Las Vegas Bowl

New Mexico

13

UCLA

27

-9.5

UCLA

2003

Las Vegas Bowl

Oregon State

55

New Mexico

14

2.5

OREGST

2004

Las Vegas Bowl

Wyoming

24

UCLA

21

-12.5

WYOMNG

2005

Las Vegas Bowl

BYU

28

California

35

-8

BYU

2006

Las Vegas Bowl

BYU

38

Oregon

8

3.5

BYU

2007

Las Vegas Bowl

UCLA

16

BYU

17

-6.5

UCLA

2008

Las Vegas Bowl

BYU

21

Arizona

31

-3

ARIZON

2009

Las Vegas Bowl

BYU

44

Oregon State

20

2.5

BYU

2010

Las Vegas Bowl

Utah

3

Boise State

26

-16.5

BOISE

2011

Las Vegas Bowl

Arizona State

24

Boise State

56

-14

BOISE

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