Free Foster Farms Bowl Prediction: Wildcats vs Boilermakers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Foster Farms Bowl
(7-5) Arizona Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)
Date: Wednesday, December 27th
Time: 8:30 pm EST
Venue: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
NCAA Football Spread: Arizona -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 65.5
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Both teams enjoyed healthy turnarounds this season as they each went 3-9 last season.
Purdue welcomed a new coach aboard this season and that largely made the difference while Arizona discovered their highly talented quarterback this season and he was the reason for their turnaround.
After taking over fulltime at quarterback in the 5th game of the season for the Wildcats, Khalil Tate put together quite the season worth of highlight reel performances.
He has generated some conversation as a possible Heisman candidate for next season with his play in the second half of this season.
Tate finished the season with 12 rushing touchdowns including at least one in 7 of his 8 starts. He finished with 21 total touchdowns and 2642 total yards – including 1353 of those on the ground.
Outside of Tate, the Wildcats have a very deep rushing attack. In addition to Tate’s 12 rushing touchdowns, the Wildcats had 36 more touchdowns on the ground.
They had two other backs – JJ Taylor and Nick Wilson – each carry the ball more than 120 times on the season.
Defensively, the Wildcats aren’t as scary. They allowed 5.8 yards per play which ranked just 86th in the FBS. They allowed opponents to convert 47.2 percent of third down attempts which ranked 117th in the FBS.
They aren’t up against a strong offense though so they should feel good about Tate and their rushing attack making up for any mistakes they make on defense.
Jeff Brohm took over for the Boilermakers this season after leading Western Kentucky to a Conference USA title last season.
Brohm led the nation’s highest scoring team last season there but he came to Purdue and helped straighten out their defense.
They allowed just 19.3 points per game on the season which ranked 16th in the FBS. That was after allowing 39.5 points per game last season – thus, a major improvement.
Purdue played two quarterbacks in many games this year but once David Blough went down for the season with injury, Elijah Sindelar stepped into the role full time. Sindelar doesn’t have any skills that jump off the page but he is generally careful with the ball – throwing only 6 interceptions on 276 attempts this season.
It is crucial that Sindelar protect the ball in this matchup because the defense is already going to have its hands full with Tate. While the defense has been strong, Tate and the Arizona rushing attack will find ways to get some points on the board. Sindelar and the offense will have to find a way to keep up against a porous Arizona defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-2 in Arizona’s last 9 games against the Big 10.
- Over is 13-6 in Purdue’s last 19 games on grass.
- Over is 7-3 in Arizona’s last 10 games overall
- Arizona has allowed 28 or more points in 9 straight games.
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Purdue’s offense is a little scary to have involved in an over bet but Arizona’s defense has been that bad. And, Tate and the Arizona offense are going to put points up on the board no matter what. Purdue will not be able to dictate the tempo defensively so they will find themselves in a mini-shootout.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Over 65.5
Tate is a special player and if you haven’t watched him much this season, definitely sit down and watch this one.
Foster Farms Bowl Free Score Prediction: Arizona 42 – Purdue 35
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