San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Prediction, BYU vs. Wyoming Game Preview, History, Scores
Three reasons why you should watch the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl between BYU (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-5), why each team might win, honest thoughts, line and prediction.
Date: Wednesday, December 21st
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
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The Bowl Matchup Ranking Of Awesomeness (1 best-40 worst): 21 out of 40
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
– How jacked up is Wyoming to be in a bowl, any bowl, much less the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. It’s been a great season for the Cowboys no matter what happens in San Diego, but the run might not seem legitimate is this is a clunker of a loss. It’s the first bowl appearance since 2011 – a blowout loss to Temple – and just the fourth appearance since 1993. This matters.
– BYU, okay, win a bowl again. The Cougars knew they were coming here after the first loss of the season and when the College Football Playoff was out of the picture. There wasn’t any conference championship, and there wasn’t anything fun to fight for – this is it. This is the payoff. But the Cougars have lost their last three bowl games, giving up 121 points in them. BYU used to be sensational in bowls – winning six bowls in seven and four in a row before dropping the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to Washington – but it’s been a rough run.
– Get ready for lots and lots of points. Wyoming’s defense has been happy to give them up lately, and the offense has done its part to keep them rolling on up. BYU’s defense has been the star, but the attack knows how to fire up the machine. Don’t expect a low-scoring slugfest – the teams will open it up.
Here’s Why BYU Will Win The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
– The defensive front has been excellent for most of the year. Eighth in the nation in run defense, BYU hasn’t allowed more than 100 yards on the ground since giving up 129 to Boise State, and no one has hit the 200-yard mark. Josh Allen and the Wyoming O can throw, but everything starts with Brian Hill and a ground attack that averages 209 yards per game. The active and veteran BYU line isn’t going to get ripped up. On the other side …
– The Wyoming defensive line has gone bye-bye. To be fair, the stats don’t do the defense justice – to a point. It held San Diego State to 178 yards the first time around, but two weeks later, it gave up 242 in the loss. New Mexico runs and does little else, coming up with 568 yards (excusable), but UNLV ripped off 401 yards and five scores (inexcusable). In his final game, BYU RB Jamaal Williams should have a whole bunch of fun.
– Tanner Mangum, recreate the magic. Taysom Hill took back his old starting job and was okay, up until he got hurt again. Mangum has gone 14-of-19 on the year with two scores and no picks in his limited duty, but last season he was electric, cranking out 23 touchdowns and close to 3,400 yards with thrilling win after thrilling win, and an almost thrilling comeback win in last year’s bowl loss to Utah. It’s hardly a plus that Hill got hurt, but as a silver lining, Mangum gets a start on next season.
Here’s Why Wyoming Will Win The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
– Yeah, the BYU defense has been great. It hasn’t faced many offenses with a pulse. That’s about to change, dealing with the balanced and explosive Cowboy attack. San Diego State stepped up in the Mountain West championship allowing just 95 rushing yards, but Wyoming cranked up well over 200 yards eight times on the season going 7-1 when it did. That means it’s on …
– Brian Hill. The junior was in the mix for honors and awards last season after running for 1,631 yards and six touchdowns, but this year, he’s taken his game to another level, running for almost 1,800 yards with 21 touchdowns. Nebraska held him in check, but he ripped through most of the Mountain West season, even tagging San Diego State for over 220 yards in the two games. But again, BYU knows how to handle the run, which puts the pressure on …
– Josh Allen. Possibly the single biggest difference in Wyoming football this season, Allen threw for almost 3,000 yards, balancing out the attack especially over the second half of the season. He’s been way too inconsistent, and he’s thrown way too many picks over the second half of the year, but he’s mobile, isn’t afraid of the big throw, and will push the ball deep when he has to. However, the Cowboys are big on yards after the catch, and Allen is sound at getting his guys on the move.
You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
– Finally, BYU might have a decent win again. BYU might be rolling, but the win over Toledo is the only victory over an FBS team that finished with a winning record. It’s not the Cougars’ fault that Michigan State, Cincinnati and Arizona were awful, but the three wins just aren’t as strong as they should’ve been. Before the season, with this schedule, if you had told the Cougars they’d be – maybe – 9-4, they’d have been crazy not to take it.
– Finally, Wyoming might have a decent win again. There’s no dogging the Cowboy wins over Colorado State, Air Force, Boise State and San Diego State, but that’s all changed over the last month. The Cowboys lost to UNLV, got ripped up by New Mexico, and lost the Mountain West title game to San Diego State. Yeah, they beat the Aztecs, but that’s when SDSU had already won the West.
– This is Craig Bohl’s big moment to shine. It’s been a fight for Bohl to make Wyoming great again, and it hasn’t been easy considering he went 43-2 with three national titles at North Dakota State before making this move. While the Bison kept on rocking and rolling, a 6-18 start in Laramie was a major step back. This year has been vindication, and while going 9-5 wouldn’t be like winning an FCS national championship, and a place that had been down for so long, it would be a major accomplishment.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl?
Is one team about to be exposed? Probably not – the two should put on a decent show.
Neither team has enough of a pass rush to bother the opposing quarterback, and both have explosive offensive weapons, especially on the ground. But BYU’s run defense is better, and it’ll show in a few key late stops to make the Wyoming offense blink.
Get ready for a firefight as the two offenses will go back and forth all game long. It’ll be worth staying up way, way too late for on a Wednesday night.
BYU 41, Wyoming 34
BYU -9, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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Poinsettia Bowl History, Results
Dec. 23, 2015 Boise State 55 Northern Illinois 7
Dec. 23, 2014 Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Dec. 26, 2013 Utah State 21 Northern Illinois 14
12, 20, 2012 BYU 23 San Diego State 6
Dec. 21, 2011 TCU 31 Louisiana Tech 24
Dec. 23, 2010 San Diego State 35 Navy 14
Dec. 23, 2009 Utah 37 California 27
Dec. 23, 2008 TCU 17 Boise State 16
12, 20, 2007 Utah 35 Navy 32
12, 19, 2006 TCU 37 Northern Illinois 7
Dec. 22, 2005 Navy 51 Colorado State 30