San Diego State At Home Against BYU In Poinsettia Bowl

By: Willie Bee | Friday, December 14, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Poinsettia Bowl Betting Preview
12/20/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: BYU -3, O/U 50
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Television: ESPN

BYU Cougars: No stranger to playing bowl games in San Diego, the Cougars (7-5 straight-up, 6-6 against the spread) will make their first trip to the Poinsettia Bowl to meet the Aztecs as slight favorites. This is Brigham Young's 12th trip to San Diego for a bowl game after making 11 appearances in the Holiday Bowl over the years. The Cougars went 4-6-1 in those matchups that started in the late 70s. Coach Bronco Mendenhall's squad completed its second season as an independent and closed the 2012 campaign by winning three of the final four games, the "over" also 3-1 in that span. Backup quarterbacl James Lark led a 50-14 rout at New Mexico State in the season finale, completing 34-of-50 passes for 384 yards and six touchdowns, five of those scoring tosses hauled in by Cody Hoffman, the team's leading receiver. Lark was pressed into duty for Riley Nelson, who is probable but may not start the Poinsettia Bowl due to a rib injury (click for updated college football injury report).

San Diego State Aztecs: This is the second Poinsettia Bowl appearance for the Aztecs (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS), who won the 2010 contest vs. Navy, 35-14. San Diego State finished the 2012 campaign in a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West with Boise State and Fresno State, each team sporting 7-1 conference records. Coach Rocky Long's crew closed the schedule with seven consecutive triumphs after starting MWC play with a loss to Fresno State. The Aztecs bring the nation's 16th-ranked rushing attack into the battle with BYU, with the ground game led by sophomore tailback Adam Muema, who ranked 16th in the country averaging almost 113 yards per game. Adam Dingwell started SDSU's last four games of the season at QB after Ryan Katz suffered an ankle injury in the win over Nevada. Dingwell completed 71-of-115 pass attempts (61.7 percent) for eight touchdowns. This will be the 36th meeting between the Aztecs and Cougars, who own a 27-7-1 advantage over the years. BYU has won nine of the last 10 clashes with SDSU, covering two of the past three.

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