Venue: National University Holiday Bowl
When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 7 p.m. ET / ESPN
Where: San Diego, California - Qualcomm Stadium
Who: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Washington State Cougars
Clashes of style will be on display in the 2016 Holiday Bowl, a game that pits the high-flying Washington State Cougars and the methodical, defense-oriented Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The differences between these two teams can be seen all over the field. Wazzu threw the ball 612 times this season, and that doesn't include the fact that it ran the ball almost 400 times as a team as well. Minnesota only ran 809 total plays. Washington State's top three receivers had more receiving yardage than the whole Minnesota team, and Washington State had more passing touchdowns than Minnesota had total touchdowns.
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Opening Line: Washington State -5.5
Preview: Both the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Washington State Cougars went 8-4 this season, but their paths to get to said marks couldn't have possibly been any different. The only similarities? Both had a chance to surprisingly play for their conference championship in their last game of the regular season, both failed, and now, both are playing in the Holiday Bowl two days after Christmas. Continue...
Who will win the Holiday Bowl in 2016?
The annual Holiday Bowl, formerly called the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, the game kicks off on December 27th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The betting action will feature a Big 12 and Big Ten in search of bragging rights and a coveted postseason title.
Along with hosting the Holiday Bowl, Qualcomm Stadium is also the home of the San Diego Chargers, SDSU Aztecs football team and the Poinsettia Bowl.
As far as College football bettors are concerned, the annual Holiday Bowl matchup looks like a value-packed venture that gridiron gamblers will have a good chance of cashing in against, no matter whether they like backing the Favorite or Underdog.
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One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.
Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.
Schedule strength, turnovers, recent form, and overall team power ratings are things to consider as the bowl games begin. You also want to take the individual game odds into consideration.
From 1978 through 1994, this game always featured the WAC champion against an at-large or Big Ten team. Since 1995, it has matched the WAC champion or a Pac-10 team against a Big 12 team.
It's played in late December. Owned and operated by the city of San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium will blitz you with great football action! The Stadium was built in 1967 in response to the need for a big-league stadium for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL who were moving in from Los Angeles.
The San Diego State University Aztecs also compete here every year to capacity crowds. The Stadium has played host to two Super Bowls, two MLB All-Star games, and has hosted a couple of World Series games as well.
The Holiday Bowl also takes place here on an annual basis. The stadium also has hosted several motocross races and monster truck rallies, too.
2013 Holiday Bowl Champions and Game Score
Texas Tech upset win over Arizona State - Freshman quarterback Davis Webb threw four touchdown passes to end Texas Tech's unsightly five-game losing streak while making sure the Red Raiders' seniors had a great sendoff.
The freshman threw for 403 yards and tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 14 Arizona State.
Texas Tech managed 403 of its 483 yards of offense through the air against the Sun Devils.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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