Holiday Bowl: Arizona St vs Texas Tech
After coming up short in the Pac-12 Championship Game Arizona State will be in San Diego on December 30 to take on Texas Tech in this year's Holiday Bowl.
The Sun Devils got thumped 38-14 by Stanford in the Pac-12 title game after winning the conference's South Division with an 8-1 record (10-3 overall). Texas Tech finished below .500 at 4-5 in their Big 12 conference games this season.
Favorites are 11-4 ATS in the past 15 Holiday Bowls, while the past 5 Holiday Bowls played UNDER the total.
Arizona State is just 1-4 ATS in its past five bowl games, while Texas Tech is 6-1 SU, but 1-6 ATS past seven bowl games. This should be a high-scoring affair with a total of 72 earlier at Bovada and the computer projecting 80 points.
The Red Raiders will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 5-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Sun Devils are 7-6 ATS. Texas Tech is 8-4 against the total, while Arizona State is 9-4 versus the number.
The game pits the Sun Devils, currently No. 10 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Red Raiders, who rate No. 52 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 45-35 victory for the Sun Devils.
Last time out for Texas Tech, they were a 41-16 loser as they battled Texas on the road. Texas Tech failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog, while 57 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas Tech didn�t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Longhorns as Texas blasted them 41-16 in Week 14 action. Arizona State was hammered in its last outing, as Stanford ran up a 38-14 score against them at Sun Devil Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona State's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 41 PPG, against a Red Raiders defense that ranks No. 90 this week at 31.17 PPG. The Sun Devils aerial game is averaging 276.77 yards per game, more than the Red Raiders secondary allows through the air, 224.75 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Red Raiders own the league's No. 92-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 205.67 yards per game when on the road. Arizona State, on the other hand, rates No. 47 this week in generating rushing yards at home.