After dropping the respective regular season finales, the Boise State Broncos and Baylor Bears will both look to pick up a season-ending victory when they square off in the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. The annual postseason bowl game gets underway on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10:15 PM ET, live from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona while airing live on ESPN.
Betting The Boise State Broncos Vs Baylor Bears Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Who: Boise State Broncos (10-2) vs Baylor Bears (6-6)
When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Start Time: 10:15 PM ET
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Stadium: Chase Field
Spread: Boise State -7.5
Moneyline: Boise State -300 at Baylor +250
Game Total: 66.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Boise State vs Baylor
Why Bet The Baylor Bears To Beat The Broncos
The Baylor Bears (6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS) fell completely apart after winning their first six games of the season and come into this contest riding a dismal six-game losing streak that includes a heartbreaking 24-21 loss to West Virginia in their finale.
Baylor put up a solid 34.9 points per game to rank 34th in scoring nationally as quarterback Seth Russell threw for 2,126 yards before suffering a season-ending injury late.
Backup signal-caller Zach Smith passed for a respectable 1,151 passing yards but failed to lead the Bears to a win. Gifted wide receiver KD Cannon led the team with 989 receiving yards while running back Terence Williams rushed for a team-high 940 yards and fellow back Shock Linwood added 751 rushing yards.
As good as Baylor was on offense, they were that bad defensively. The Bears gave up a whopping 30.4 points per contest to rank 81st defensively in points allowed.
Why Bet The Boise State Broncos to Beat the Bears
The Boise State Broncos (10-2 SU, 4-8 ATS) had their three-game winning streak snapped in their 27-20 regular season finale against Air Force.
Nevertheless, the Broncos average a healthy 35.5 points per game to rank 28th nationally in scoring as strong-armed quarterback Brett Rypien threw for over 3,300 yards while completing a solid 61.8 percent of his passes.
Wide receivers Thomas Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson both topped 1,000 receiving yards while running back Jeremy McNichols had a monster season in rushing for 1,663 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Defensively, Boise State limited the opposition to 22.6 points per game to rank an encouraging 29th nationally in points allowed.
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Pick & Final Score Prediction
57 percent of the betting public likes Boise State to win and cover the spread and so do I, although I’m going on record right now to say that Baylor is going to be very good next season and beyond under new head coach Matt Rhule.
Right now, the Bears aren’t very good under their backup quarterback and Boise State is very, very good on both sides of the ball even if they don’t get the national recognition they deserve.
I like Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien a lot and believe he could end up in the NFL in another couple of seasons. Boise State is also the much better team defensively and I believe they’re going to keep the Bears offense in check to win and cover the college football betting line.
While Boise State has gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games, Baylor is just 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.
Simply put, back the Boise State Broncos to win and cover!