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(7-5) Arizona State Sun Devils vs. NC State Wolfpack (8-4)
Date: Friday December 29
Time: 3:00 pm EST
Venue: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -6.5
NCAA Betting Total: 59.5
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Arizona State is one of several programs in flux for this bowl season. They have fired their coach and found their next guy with a surprise hire in Herm Edwards. The hire is certainly interesting but any positive impact seems like it will come much further down the road.
The Sun Devils come into this game on a two game winning streak. They needed both of those wins just to get eligible for the bowls.
NC State had some moments where a good season could have turned great…they just never came to fruition. Though the eight wins are nice their greatest success might have been keeping coach Dave Doeren on Tobacco Road.
I am not sure why but he was in demand this season and notable turned down some prominent gigs. This team is very steady on both sides of the ball and was easy to install as the favourite.
Arizona State Sun Devils
I didn’t realize it but the Sun Devils actually finished second on the PAC 12 South with a 6-3 record. It just wasn’t enough to save coach Todd Graham. The next step is Herm Edwards but I am not holding a lot of hope for this move. Edwards might be a fine motivator but if he can’t recruit, or find people who can.
They are going with a different model, or so they say, going forward. None of that in really going to matter much for this game. In fact it is probably a hindrance.
The ASU offense is solid. They put more on QB Manny Wilkins this season and it appears he can be a very productive QB for them.
He still has his senior season to go and it will be interesting to see if the offense changes much. In additional to Wilkins the Sun Devils have playmakers in RB Demario Richard, who should go over 1000 yards in this game and receiver N’Keal Harry who has 1000 yards even at the moment. Harry has great size and is a very tough cover.
Arizona State was not good on defense this year, yielding 30ppg. They gave up at least that in all of their losses and sometimes a lot more. The PAC 12 is an offense heavy league with a lot of great quarterbacks, possibly the top 2 in the NFL Draft, and they were both on the ASU schedule.
That means it is a little but harder to interpret where this unit it. Long term you have to expect improvement once Edwards puts his stamp on the program.
The Sun Devils are able to recruit.
NC State Wolfpack
After a disappointing loss to South Carolina to start the season NC State won six in a row to garner some national attention. After that it was a struggle as they suffered some tough road losses.
Who knows what would have happened if they had beaten Clemson. They had the top team on the ropes in a game they easily covered. You kind of wonder if this program can ever really breakthrough with an 11-1 type season. They are good just not great.
The offense was built to not make mistakes this season and quarterback Ryan Finley did his job so well that many think he has an NFL future. Though he didn’t lead the team in rushing or receiving yards the key playmaker for NC State is Jaylen Samuels. Strong and fast he scored 11 TDs on the ground and led the team in receptions. He only averaged 8 yards per catch though.
They have to find ways to get him in open space in the passing game where his speed and strength are impressive.
The Wolfpack have one of the most dominant defensive players in the country in Bradley Chubb. The defensive end will be a first round draft pick in April and has taken over games at times this season.
The best part is that the pressure he creates makes it easier for his teammates. As a result NC State had one of the better defenses in the ACC and should be able to match up well with Arizona State. Chubb is key though. As this is being written a couple of week out he is questionable.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 5-0 in Wolfpack last 5 bowl games.
- Over is 5-0 in Wolfpack last 5 Bowl games.
- Over is 5-0 in Wolfpack last 5 games in December.
- Sun Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Sun Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
- Over is 7-1 in Sun Devils last 8 Friday games.
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Chubb is going to be a key factor in this one. I don’t think his injury is too serious but there is now a precedent for NFL bound players to skip meaningless bowl games. NC State should still win but it will be harder without him.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Over 59.5
I can see both teams just being uninterested in getting in and out of this one. I do not see a very physical affair and both offense will move the ball against the other. After some early scoring it will have a nice flow and both teams will score in the 30s.
Neither team inspires me much in terms of the side and there is no way this is a 17-10 kind of game, that is rare in bowl season.
Hyundai Sun Bowl Free Score Prediction: NC State 38 – Arizona State 34
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