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Teams: BYU Cougars (7-5) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (9-3)
Date and Time: Thursday, Dec. 20 2012, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Site: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
The BYU Cougars, led by their sixth-ranked defense, square off against the San Diego State Aztecs in the San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20.
BYU's defense will have its hands full with San Diego State's stout rushing attack. The Aztecs averaged 229.2 yards per game on the ground and scored 30 touchdowns. Adam Muema led the way with 1,391 yards and 16 touchdowns.
However, the Cougars allowed their opponents just 84.2 rushing yards per contest with only five touchdowns.
The Aztecs had a better record in 2012, but the Cougars hold the advantage in the Poinsettia Bowl. BYU has a balanced offense that scored 21 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing touchdowns. San Diego State allowed over 375 total yards per game and gave up a total of 38 touchdowns.
Look for a close game, but with the better defense, BYU should pull off the victory.
Prediction: BYU 23, San Diego State 17
(Stats via byucougars.com and goaztecs.cstv.com)