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NC State looks to finish season on high note vs Sun Devils

The North Carolina State Wolfpack will butt heads with the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The Wolfpack were 8-4 SU this season and had aspirations of contending in the national playoff before losses to Notre Dame and Clemson put an end to that. The Pack opened as 6.5-point favorites to win their seventh bowl game in their last 10 appearances in the postseason.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of NC State’s last nine games.
  • NC State is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 bowl games.
  • Arizona State is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games in the postseason.

Arizona State will try to overcome the off-field drama when they face NC State in the Sun Bowl. The Sun Devils announced they had hired Herm Edwards to lead the program but he won’t be taking the reins from lame-duck coach Todd Graham until after the bowl game.

Graham did a respectable job as head coach of Arizona State this year, finishing 7-5 SU, but losses to Pac-12 heavyweights Oregon and UCLA doomed their hopes for contention. Their offense averaged over 31 points per game but could be in trouble facing a lethal defense from NC State that held opponents to just under 25 points per game. With the coaching carousel for the Sun Devils, it would be hard to recommend backing Arizona State in this one.

While the Wolfpack may have the superior record, they were an awful spread wager for bettors. Finishing 4-7-1 ATS this season, NC State had some ugly spread losses and was 1-6 ATS as a favorite of 6 points or more. While bettors should feel comfortable backing the Wolfpack, trusting them to eat the points could lead to a disappointing day.

NC State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The NC State Wolfpack will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Friday, as they are 4-7-1 versus the spread this season, while the Arizona State Sun Devils are 7-4-1 ATS. NC State is 4-8 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Arizona State is 5-7 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona State vs NC State injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 72 (Arizona State Sun Devils) and the No. 40 (NC State Wolfpack) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Arizona State's No. 39-ranked offense, averaging 31.92 PPG, against a NC State defense that ranks No. 50 this week at 24.75 PPG. The Arizona State aerial game is averaging 247.67 yards per game, more than the NC State secondary allows through the air, 244.92 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Wolfpack feature the league's No. 59-rated road run defense, allowing 168 yards per game. Arizona State, meanwhile, ranks No. 100 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

North Carolina was unable to contain Nyheim Hines in its last action Saturday and the result was a 33-21 Week 13 loss against the Wolfpack.

Last time we saw the Wildcats, they had no answer for Demario Richard as the Sun Devils rolled to a 42-30 victory at Sun Devil Stadium.

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