Venue: NCAA Cactus Bowl
When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:15pm ET / ESPN
Where: Chase Field Phoenix, AZ
Who: Boise State Broncos vs. Baylor Bears
It's not often you see a team on a six-game losing streak playing in a bowl game. Alas, that's what's happening this year with the Baylor Bears, who opened up the season at 6-0, only to finish 6-6 with six straight losses in Big XII play. That's only a part of the reason why caretaker Jim Grobe wasn't offered the job on a full-time basis and the team is going in a completely different direction with the much more defense-oriented Matt Rhule from the point that this game ends.
The Boise State Broncos certainly won't be intimidated going against the big boys from the Big XII. Every year, they schedule a couple Pac-12 opponents and usually beat them, as was the case this year against Washington State and Oregon State. But the Broncos weren't without their flaws, and that's why they've ended up in the Cactus Bowl. This is the same team that lost to Wyoming and Air Force and could have easily suffered three or four more losses had some late breaks in games not gone their way.
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Opening Line: Boise State -8
Preview: The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl has a great matchup this year when the Baylor Bears take on the Boise State Broncos in the only postseason matchup between the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences. Both teams had higher aspirations entering the year but heading to Phoenix, Arizona in December isn’t a bad thing. Boise State is favored by 7.5 points and will once again be motivated to prove that they can beat a Power 5 opponent. Baylor’s program is in disarray, still battling off field issues from last year’s sex scandal, losing starting quarterback Seth Russell for the year, losing their last six games and now find themselves without a head coach. The Bears motivation for this game is a real concern. Continue...
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The Cactus Bowl game currently draws its competitors from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences and is one of the best non-BCS bowls will take place in Chase Field Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm ET, but that will be 8:15 AZ time, televised on ESPN.
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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.
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This game originated as the Copper Bowl on Dec. 31, 1989. From 1989 to 1999, the game was played in Tucson's Arizona Stadium. The Cactus Bowl as we know it today, formerly Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-2013), and before that it was named the Insight Bowl (2002-2011), that had been played in Tempe, Arizona.
The bowl always featured a WAC team until 1998, when it offered a matchup between the Big East and the Big 12.
The partnership with the Big 12 and Big Ten conferences will provide the opportunity to make the Insight Bowl one of the region's most successful sports betting events. Since 2000, the games have been played at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, now known as Chase Field. Starting in 2006, the bowl has moved to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Sun Devil Stadium is no stranger to big games. It has hosted a Super Bowl, several NCAA National Championship games and was the home of the Fiesta Bowl for 25 years.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has a unique trophy. The trophy is about 3 feet tall and in the shape of a tree on a base. The main tree trunk splits in half with a completely round silver ball in the middle.
Coming of the top of one side of the trunk is a large fruit like object.
This fruit is shaped at one end like a football. The other end is elongated beyond the end of the football, and decorated with brown squares and shapes that relate to Insight and Arizona.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|28 Dec. 2013||Kansas State||31||Michigan||14|
|29 Dec. 2012||Michigan State||17||TCU||16|
|30 Dec. 2011||Oklahoma||31||Iowa||14|
|28 Dec. 2010||Iowa||27||Missouri||24|
|31 Dec. 2009||Iowa State||14||Minnesota||13|
|31 Dec. 2008||Kansas||42||Minnesota||21|
|31 Dec. 2007||Oklahoma State||49||Indiana||33|
|29 Dec. 2006||Texas Tech||44||Minnesota||41|
|27 Dec. 2005||Arizona State||45||Rutgers||40|
|28 Dec. 2004||Oregon State||38||Notre Dame||21|
|26 Dec. 2003||California||52||Virginia Tech||49|
|26 Dec. 2002||Pittsburgh||38||Oregon State||13|
|29 Dec. 2001||Syracuse||26||Kansas State||3|
|28 Dec. 2000||Iowa State||37||Pittsburgh||29|
|31 Dec. 1999||Colorado||62||Boston College||28|
|26 Dec. 1998||Missouri||34||West Virginia||31|
|27 Dec. 1997||Arizona||20||New Mexico||14|
|27 Dec. 1996||Wisconsin||38||Utah||10|
|27 Dec. 1995||Texas Tech||55||Air Force||41|
|29 Dec. 1994||BYU||31||Oklahoma||6|
|29 Dec. 1993||Kansas State||52||Wyoming||17|
|31 Dec. 1992||Washington State||31||Utah||28|
|31 Dec. 1991||Indiana||24||Baylor||0|
|31 Dec. 1990||California||17||Wyoming||15|
|31 Dec. 1989||Arizona||17||NC State||10|
*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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