The 2012-13 college football bowl season continues Thursday with the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego as the San Diego State Aztecs face the Brigham Young Cougars. San Diego State sits at 9-3 while BYU is 7-5 on the season. This game gives a great advantage to San Diego State since they have zero travel for this game being in San Diego.
The problem for San Diego State is that their defense isn’t as good as BYU and that could easily be exposed in what should be a low-scoring game. I think BYU will slow down the Aztecs enough to make life difficult for the home team and might even win this game. San Diego State can score points though with over 35 points per game scored this year while BYU gives up just 14 points a contest. This is the matchup that everyone should be looking at when this game kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday night.
It’s going to be low-scoring and very physical without a doubt but in a game where home field comes into play like this one, which isn’t the most fair thing for a bowl game, I think San Diego State will find a way to squeak this game out. I will go with the Aztecs winning a 17-13 contest for their tenth win of the season. It won’t be easy but I don’t see BYU having enough offensive firepower to win this contest and will find themselves finishing the season with a 7-6 record after Thursday night.
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