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Poinsettia Bowl: Navy Midshipmen vs. San Diego State Aztecs

The Poinsettia Bowl kicks off this week when the Navy Midshipmen engage in battle with the San Diego State Aztecs.  The latest college football bowl odds for this game as posted by online sportsbook, Skybook have the Aztecs favored by 3.5 points and the total set at 60.5.
Head coach Brady Hoke has the Aztecs going in the right direction and they are headed to their first bowl game in over 12 years. Quarterback Ryan Lindley and running back Ronnie Hillman power the Aztecs offense. Lindley has thrown for 3,554 yards and 26 touchdowns this season while Hillman has rushed for a team high 1,238 yards while finding the end zone 14 times. They will both face a challenge when they face the navy Midshipmen in this bowl game.
Navy has become a regular at the Poinsettia Bowl and will be making their third trip in six years. They join every other service academy to make a bowl game as they head into this game. The main weapon on offense is signal caller Ricky Dobbs. Dobbs is a senior and is responsible for several college records as he leads the triple option for Navy. Last season he set the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback and will be facing an Aztec defense that is susceptible to the run.
Both teams have unique trends in their favor and against them for this bowl contest.
The Midshipmen are 7-0 against the spread (ATS) against a team with a winning record, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, and 14-2 ATS in the last 16 games against the mountain West conference, but they are also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
The Aztecs are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win against the number. However they also have some positive trends as they are 4-0 ATS in their last four games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
The Poinsettia Bowl will provide an excellent matchup of two football teams that have bright futures and are evenly matched. This closely contested game will be one of the most intriguing games to tune into this college football bowl season.