On December 22nd, 2011, Las Vegas will not know what hit it. Thousands of coeds from Arizona State University and Boise State University will ascend upon Sin City like spring break freshmen in Rocky Point. The reason: The 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, XX style.
The 20th edition of the Maaco Bowl (hence XX) features two high octane offenses. We're talking like $4/gallon, premium, high quality shit here. Boise State, ranked #7 in the country, averages 43 points per game, good enough for 7th overall in college football. Meanwhile, Arizona State puts up nearly 34 points per game, which makes them the 25th highest scoring team in the country. Both teams average 310 yards in the air, good enough for 10th and 11th, respectively.
Head coaches will be the story in this one. Boise State's Chris Peterson recently rejected a $3 million offer to coach UCLA next year. It seems he will remain at BSU. For now. The Sun Devils have fired their head coach, Dennis Erickson, although he will coach the Devils in this game. I've often said one thing about college football: It is the only gig in America where you get fired and still lead your team.
ASU is struggling to find a new head coach. At the top of it's wish list is Kevin Sumlin of Houston, although it seems he isn't keen to their advances. Also being mentioned are June Jones of SMU (yuck), Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora and Baylor's Art Briles. Here's hoping they make Chris Peterson of Boise State an offer he can't refuse in Las Vegas. Hey, dreaming is free.
Boise State is 11-1 overall, their only loss was a one point heart breaker against TCU, where a missed field goal was the only thing that cost the Broncos a perfect season (and a BCS bowl game). ASU is not new to kicking and field goal problems. Their kicking game has cost them at least 3 games this season.
Since this game is taking place in Vegas, we'll discuss a little juice, a little action, some gaming if you will. Boise State is currently -13.5 point favorites, a number I see them having no trouble covering. With ASU losing their coach, yet still coaching the team, I just don't see the Devils playing with the emotion needed to stick with the Broncos. It's not like they played their hearts out for Erickson this year. They won't be out there trying to prove firing him was a bad idea.
The over/under has yet to be set, still I would wager an over of 67 points to be in the money. I'm usually pretty good at predicting lines, not who will win or lose on those lines. We'll see what happens with the over/under and if I'm right on the number of 67.
And no, Boise is not A-State. They are much better than them.