Friday, December 27, 2013

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Fight Hunger Bowl

I ah guess Kraft bailed on the sponsorship. So we will definitely will not be eating Kraft dinners!!

The When/Where:
Friday, December 27th at 9:30 p.m. EST. San Francisco. ESPN.

The Who:
BYU Cougars (8-4) @ Washington Huskies (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12)

The Why:
The sponsor and B1G may have bailed, but the Pac-12 has not. And neither have the Mormons! BYU finished up it's lone wolf season with a respectable 8 wins and will fulfill one of the apparently hundreds of contracts the Fight Hunger Bowl has with various schools/conferences. Washington finished up sixth in the Pac-12, lost it's coach and now heads to San Fran. 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Two run first offenses and a couple middling defenses. That's the story of this game. Washington leads the way statistically on offense as the 17th ranked scoring and 8th ranked total offense. BYU enters as the 10th ranked rushing offense and 14th total offense. Neither is afraid to rack up yards on the ground. 

Neither defense is particularly scary. Washington allows 23.4 ppg and BYU is slightly more stingy at 21.3 ppg. Ranking them 34th and 21st respectively. 

The efficiency numbers gives the Huskies an edge to the Huskies (19, 20 and 21 vs 26, 47 and 89 in total, offense and defense). But that's a slight edge. I'd put both these teams in a similar category.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
They'll be fighting like cats and dogs! I was waiting to drop that one on you. I love dogs. I'm allergic to cats. So Washington it is!

The Vegas Edge:
Washington -3.5, O/U 61

Neither team was a sure bet this season. Washington was just 6-6 ATS. While BYU went slight worse at 5-6-1. The under is something to consider as they went 10-14 to the under on the year, combined. 
The Sweatpants Verdict:
Everything points to Washington in this game. But here we are again with an interim head coach situation for the Huskies. That said, the interim coach is Marques Tuiasosopo, former Husky QB. He'll have them fired up. Plus they are the more senior team and I think they'll be fine without the head man. This should actually be a pretty decent game. But I think the Huskies pull away late.
Washington 33 - 27

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