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Arizona State vs. Duke - 12/27/14 Sun Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (9-3) at Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3)

College Football: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Sun Bowl)

The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -7.5 -- Over/Under: 65 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Arizona State Sun Devils and Duke Blue Devils play Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

The Arizona State Sun Devils have split their last four games and are playing in their fourth straight bowl game. Taylor Kelly is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. Kelly has six touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Arizona State has 35 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jaelen Strong and D.J. Foster have combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Cameron Smith has 13 receptions in his last two games. Arizona State’s ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, as Foster leads the way with 1,002 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Arizona State Sun Devils are allowing 27.7 points, 418.5 yards, and they’ve forced 39 sacks and 25 turnovers. Damarious Randall leads ASU with 101 tackles and Marcus Hardison has 14 tackles for loss.

Arizona State vs. Duke - 12/27/14 Sun Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duke Blue Devils have won five of their last seven games and are playing in their third straight bowl. Anthony Boone is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Boone has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Duke has 23 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Max McCaffrey has nine receptions in his last three games. Duke’s ground game is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, as Shaun Wilson leads the way with 590 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Duke Blue Devils are allowing 20.6 points, 400.3 yards, and they’ve forced 27 sacks and 21 turnovers. David Helton leads Duke with 125 tackles and Jeremy Cash has 10.5 tackles for loss.

The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. 

I find it hard to turn down a free touchdown with Duke. Do we not remember what this team did last year to Texas A&M? Bottom line is that the Blue Devils are a well coached team and have enough talent to compete with some of the big boys. I wouldn't be surprised if Duke won outright, which is why I'm taking the points here. 

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Duke Blue Devils +7.5

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