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Poinsettia Bowl Capsule

Poinsettia Bowl Capsule

Brigham Young (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3), 8 p.m. EST (ESPN)

Line: BYU by 3 1/2

Series Record: BYU leads 27-7-1

WHAT'S AT STAKE

BYU looks to continue domination it enjoyed when teams were in Western Athletic Conference and then Mountain West Conference. Cougars have won five straight against Aztecs. In the overall series, BYU has outscored SDSU an average of 33.5-19.3. BYU left Mountain West Conference to go independent in football after 2010 season while Aztecs will leave for Big East next season.

KEY MATCHUP

SDSU sophomore running back Adam Muema, who averaged 6.4 yards per carry in running for 1,355 yards and 16 touchdowns, against BYU defense that allows only 84.3 yards rushing per game. SDSU needs to win the battle up front in order to spring Muema, who earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and is coming off 255-yard, four-TD performance in win at Wyoming.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BYU: WR Cody Hoffman had 90 catches for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns, including school-record five scoring catches in regular-season finale at New Mexico State.

SDSU: QB Adam Dingwell had breakout game against Nevada after coming in for injured Ryan Katz, rallying Aztecs to 39-38 overtime. Has won all four starts since.

FACTS & FIGURES

BYU playing in eighth straight bowl game, longest streak since playing in 17 straight from 1978-94. ... BYU making 12th bowl appearance in San Diego. First 11 were in the Holiday Bowl, the big brother of the Poinsettia Bowl. ... BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall recalls watching first two Holiday Bowls, in 1978-79, from stands as big brother Mat played for BYU. ... SDSU making unprecedented third straight bowl appearance. ... Aztecs trying for first 10-win season since 1977. ... Aztecs coach Rocky Long favors 3-3-5 defense. With five defensive backs, it's a nickel package all the time. There are three safeties, two of them called Warrior and one called Aztec. ... Aztecs trying for eighth straight win. Their last loss was 52-40 at Fresno State on Sept. 29. ... SDSU's signature win this season was 21-19 upset at then-No. 19 Boise State.

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Redskins rank surprisingly low on oddsmakers list of landing spots for Kyler Murray

Redskins rank surprisingly low on oddsmakers list of landing spots for Kyler Murray

The Redskins need a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, but plenty of other teams do too. At least that's the way oddsmakers at BetOnline.ag believe.

The sports book released future landing spots for Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, and the Redskins don't crack the Top 5. 

Per BetOnline, the most likely spot for Murray to land is with the Raiders. Oakland holds the fourth overall selection, and the three teams ahead of them all have quarterbacks in place (Arizona/Rosen, San Francisco/Garoppolo, New York Jets/Darnold).

While Murray isn't likely the top QB on the draft board, that would be Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, it might make sense to give the Raiders the best chance of landing the Heisman winner since hypothetically Oakland will be the first team stepping to the podium looking for a passer. The Raiders still have Derek Carr under contract, but Oakland boss Jon Gruden hasn't seemed too enamored with his signal caller. 

After Oakland, three more teams pop up before the Redskins. Below is the full list. 

BetOnline: Who Will Draft Kyler Murray 2019 Draft?

Oakland Raiders        3/1       
Jacksonville Jaguars   7/2       
New York Giants        4/1       
Arizona Cardinals      5/1       
Denver Broncos         8/1       
Miami Dolphins         8/1       
Washington Redskins    8/1       
Tampa Bay Buccaneers  12/1

There is a lot to digest from this list, especially given that the Cardinals have higher odds of taking Murray than other QB needy teams. Arizona just spent a first-round pick on Josh Rosen last season. He wasn't particularly impressive as a rookie, but will the Cards give up on him that quick? Keep in mind there has been a coaching change in the desert and new head man Kliff Kingsbury has talked gushingly about Murray's talent. 

The Jags and the Giants make sense. New York holds the 6th overall selection and Jacksonville the 7th, and both need QBs. Even if the Giants want to keep Eli Manning another season, they'd be crazy not to snap up Haskins if he gets to six. And if Haskins goes at six, maybe the Jaguars take Murray at seven. Clearly the oddsmakers see that as a more likely scenario than the Giants picking Murray.

Finally, the Redskins. 

Tied with two other QB needy teams at 8-1, the Redskins odds actually seem appropriate: Hardly a sure thing, but it could happen.

Washington has Alex Smith and Colt McCoy under contract for 2019, but Smith seems unlikely to play next season after suffering a severe leg injury in 2018. McCoy should be healthy, but he's had plenty of injury issues in the past and will be in the last year of his contract. The Redskins need a QB, both for 2019 and for the future. The real question is if the organization wants to commit a first round pick on any passer, let alone somebody that lacks prototypical size like the 5-foot-10 Murray. 

The Broncos and the Dolphins both pick before Washington, and keep in mind the NFL Draft is always full of unexpected trades, especially when first-round QBs are in sight. Miami has no starting QB under contract for 2019, and the Broncos have Case Keenum for another season but hardly seem married to the journeyman. 

Tampa Bay making the list as the long shot adds up. The Bucs just hired Bruce Arians to come in and make things work with former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. Drafting another QB in the first round seems unlikely for Arians, but after four years of Winston, not completely out of the question either. 

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Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after pulling even atop Metro Division

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Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after pulling even atop Metro Division

The Columbus Blue Jackets threw some serious shade at the Caps Tuesday night after their 7-2 blowout loss to the Predators.

The Jackets are now tied for the Metro lead after the Caps lost their third straight game, and they let them have it on Twitter.

That's a bold jab coming from the team that lost to the Caps in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs...

The GIF comes from Saturday night's overtime loss to the Jackets where Columbus celebrated Artemi Panarin's game-winner with Evgeny Kuznetsov's signature bird celly.

When asked about the copycat celebration last Saturday, Kuzy said, "That's fine. It's nice to get some people that think about me, same as in April last year.”

The Capitals meet the Blue Jackets again Feb. 12 where the only bird celly should come from Kuzy.

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