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Episode 038 – MAACO Bowl Las Vegas preview

With JT Ray from Bronco Nation Podcast

Boise State may have fallen short of BCS expectations, but can still cap a 12 win season in the Las Vegas Bowl. Getty Images.

The combined records between the two schools playing in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Wednesday is 21-3. That is an incredible match-up if you ask me. What’s more is the interesting role fate plays in this year’s game as Boise State and Utah will meet at a crossing of the roads moving toward the 2011 season. Boise State is heading to the Mountain West Conference and Utah is leaving the conference for the Pac-12 next year. Who is the creative genius who set-up this pairing?

Here to give a fans a glimpse of Boise State form the blue turf point of view is JT Ray, host of the Bronco Nation Podcast that is now hosted at Blue Turf Nation. JT gets us caught up to speed on the 2010 season that was for Boise State, in case you were not paying attention, and he urges me to stay awake for Wednesday’s game instead of turn it off at halftime, as I did for the Boise State-Nevada game over the Thanksgiving weekend.

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Boise State vs. Utah
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
8 p.m. Eastern, ESPN/ESPNHD

This is the best match-up on the schedule in the first week of bowl games as far as I am concerned. The Broncos and Utes are teams I believed could make a run to the BCS this season and in all honesty I was not that far from seeing that happen. If not for a kicking meltdown against Nevada I believe Boise state would be in a BCS game once again. Utah was going to be climbing a bigger uphill battle with TCU on the schedule but I felt if Utah could beat TCU then they’d be making plans for their third BCS bowl trip.

So much for that.

Utah will be without their starting quarterback, Jordan Wynn, thanks to needing shoulder surgery but as Ray points out their backup is not exactly a scrub who doesn’t know the system. Terrance Cain had some shaky showings this season in relief of Wynn but is 9-1 as Utah’s starting quarterback.

I will share my official prediction for this game Wednesday morning.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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