Venue: S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Where: Qualcomm Stadium (70,561) – San Diego, California
Who: BYU Cougars vs. Wyoming Cowboys
As independents, the BYU Cougars are given a contracted bowl spot every season if they aren't good enough to play in the New Year's Six or the College Football Playoff. This year, that spot is in the Poinsettia Bowl, the first of two bowl games to be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The Cougs have a history of falling flat in bowl games recently though with three straight losses, but they're hoping that a return to the site of their last bowl win, the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl will be just what the doctor ordered to get them back in the win column. The problem is that the Wyoming Cowboys, losers of the Mountain West Championship Game, are quite strong and are used to playing against this caliber of opponent, and their fans are expected to travel incredibly well to Southern California.
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Opening Line: BYU -8
Preview: The BYU Cougars are sort of the backwards people of FBS football. Whereas most teams start their season with their really easy games in preparation for their really tough ones in conference, the Cougs took the opposite approach this season, playing in six straight games in which they were no better than -3 while wrapping up with three straight games in which they were double-digit favorites. Now, the Cougs have to get ready for the game that was always their most likely landing spot for a bowl game, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against the runners up from the Mountain West, the Wyoming Cowboys. Continue...
What will the final score of the Poinsettia Bowl Game be in 2016?
The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California and since 2008, the NCAA football bowl game pits the Mountain West Conference (MWC) verse the Pac-10 or the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) if no Pac-10 team is bowl eligible.
The Poinsettia Bowl will be broadcasted by ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.
The Poinsettia Bowl has only been around since 2005, and since then, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl betting has a long and rich history with football bettors.
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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.
The Poinsettia Bowl has quite the home at Qualcomm Stadium. Qualcomm Stadium first opened in 1967, and then it was called San Diego Stadium.
It changed its name to San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium before adopting its current moniker. Along with hosting the Poinsettia Bowl, Qualcomm Stadium is also the home of the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego State University Aztecs and the Holiday Bowl.
Utah State defeated Northern Illinois to take home the season ending title.
In a contrast of styles in San Diego, the strong defense of the Utah State Aggies overcame the prolific offense of the No. 24 Northern Illinois Huskies to win the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl, 21-14, at Qualcomm Stadium.
*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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