Already with its highest win total in five seasons 7-5 Arizona State goes looking for more when it runs into 7-4 Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Saturday, Dec. 29 in San Francisco (3:15 pm ET, ESPN).
Early on, most bookmakers were holding off on offering Fight Hunger Bowl odds because the Middies still had one more game to play; their season finale vs. Army.
The past 5 games (formerly the Emerald Bowl) played well UNDER the total. Navy is 5-2 ATS in its past 7 bowl games, while ASU is 0-4 ATS in recent bowling. [ More Kraft Fight Hunger bowl betting preview and stats information ]
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona State's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 36.4 PPG, against a Midshipmen defense that ranks No. 36 this week at 23.5 PPG. The Sun Devils aerial game is averaging 258.5 yards per game, more than the Midshipmen secondary allows through the air, 225.7 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Midshipmen feature the league's No. 64-rated road run defense, allowing 173.8 yards per game. Arizona State, meanwhile, ranks No. 27 in rushing offense at home.
Arizona State was a 41-34 winner in its last match on the road against Arizona. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 75 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Marion Grice went over the 100-yard mark (156) in his team's latest effort as Arizona State defeated Arizona by a score of 41-34 on Friday.
Arizona State Sun Devils Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 6-4
A few Midshipmen at Sun Devils trends to consider:
Navy6-1-1 SU in its last 8 games
Arizona State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games