The No. 20 Boise State Broncos (11-2, 7-1 MW) will be travelling 900 miles to Glendale, AZ to go head-to-head with the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12) in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Over the years, the Broncos have become a household name when it comes to the Fiesta Bowl. This will be their third trip since 2006. As they currently stand, the Broncos have won their last two Fiesta Bowls, beating Oklahoma in 2006 and TCU in 2009.
Broncos coach Bryan Harsin has done an exceptional job this season, considering that his team is the only non-Power Five team to be ranked in the CFP poll. They will be looking to cause damage early with their running game, headed by starting RB Jay Ajayi, who has rushed for 1,689 yards and scored 25 touchdowns this season. Broncos QB Grant Hedrick also has a nice pass efficiency that will move their offense up and down the field quickly. This won’t be an easy task for Arizona.
The Wildcats have had time to lick their wounds caused by the recent drubbing at the hands of Oregon. Finishing the season with a bowl win will ease the pain at least a little. The Wildcats have a strong defense that should be able to stifle the Broncos’ run game.
LB Scooby Wright III will be looking to be the center of that. This will be a chance at redemption since the Arizona defense recently gave up 627 yards to the Ducks. I anticipate that the Boys in Blue will lose the Fiesta Bowl for the first time in the school’s history. It won’t be a landslide rout, though. The Wildcats will edge past them by no more than a touchdown.
Prediction: Boise State 14, Arizona 21