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2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Boise State vs. Baylor Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores


Who’s going to win the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl? Check out the Boise State vs. Baylor prediction, game preview, history and scores.


Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Boise State vs. Baylor Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

Prediction & Game Preview To Come

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Boise State, Mountain West, 10-2

The Broncos were supposed to be good enough to potentially challenge for College Football Playoff consideration, and they were at least supposed to be in the mix for a New Year’s Six bowl. Instead, the offense – as good as it was – never really exploded until late, and the defense wasn’t the rock it was supposed to be. There’s no arguing with the ultra-efficient passing game, or Jeremy McNichols and the ground attack, but close losses to Wyoming and Air Force on the road made this a good season, not a great one by Boise State’s standards.

Baylor, Big 12, 6-6

It’s been an ugly year all the way around with the off-the-field issues continuing, the wins going bye-bye once the schedule got tougher, and the injuries started kicking in, and now it’s a program in limbo. Jim Grobe already announced that he’s done, making this truly a game just for the players – next year will be very, very different. Even so, the offense continues to be among the nation’s best, averaging over 500 yards per game – and there’s some hope to finish strong after a tough performance in a loss to West Virginia to close out the regular season. On a six-game losing streak, though, the Bears are overdue for something positive.

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Cactus Bowl History, Results

Jan. 2, 2016 West Virginia 43 Arizona State 42
Jan. 2, 2015 Oklahoma State 30 Washington 22
Dec. 28, 2013 Kansas State 31 Michigan 14
Dec. 28, 2012 Michigan State 17 TCU 16
Dec. 30, 2011 Oklahoma 31 Iowa 14
Dec. 28, 2010 Iowa 27 Missouri 24
Dec. 31, 2009 Iowa State 14 Minnesota 13
Dec. 31, 2008 Kansas 42 Minnesota 21
Dec. 31, 2007 Oklahoma State 49 Indiana 33
Dec. 29, 2006 Texas Tech 44 Minnesota 41 (OT)
Dec. 27, 2005 Arizona State 45 Rutgers 40
Dec. 28, 2004 Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21
Dec. 26, 2003 California 52 Virginia Tech 49
Dec. 26, 2002 Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13
Dec. 29, 2001 Syracuse 26 Kansas State 3
Dec. 28, 2000 Iowa State 37 Pittsburgh 29
Dec. 31, 1999 Colorado 62 Boston College 28
Dec. 26, 1998 Missouri 34 West Virginia 31
Dec. 27, 1997 Arizona 20 New Mexico 14
Dec. 27, 1996 Wisconsin 38 Utah 10
Dec. 27, 1995 Texas Tech 55 Air Force 41
Dec. 29, 1994 BYU 31 Oklahoma 6
Dec. 29, 1993 Kansas State 52 Wyoming 17
Dec. 31, 1992 Washington State 31 Utah 28
Dec. 31, 1991 Indiana 24 Baylor 0
Dec. 31, 1990 California 17 Wyoming 10
Dec. 31, 1989 Arizona 17 N.C. State 10