Arizona State vs. NC State - Sun Bowl - 12/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
NC State Wolfpack (8-4) at Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)
College Football: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Sun Bowl)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +6 -- Over/Under: 60.5 See the Latest Odds
The ACC and the Pac-12 duke it out in the Sun Bowl, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The NC State Wolfpack got to the Sun Bowl by way of their 8-4 record overall in the regular season, including an impressive 6-2 mark in ACC play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Atlantic division. Ryan Finley led the Pack by throwing for almost 3,200 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 287 of 449 passing, good for a 63.9% completion percentage. Nyheim Hines rushed for a team-high 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Jaylen Samuels punched in a team-high 11 rushing scores. Kelvin Harmon led NC State with 993 receiving yards on 65 catches, while the aforementioned Samuels caught a team-high 68 receptions this season. Defensively, the Wolfpack gave up just under 25 points per game, while giving up 377 yards of total offense per game this season.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils received their invitation to the Sun Bowl thanks to a 7-5 record, including a 6-3 record in Pac-12 play to sit in the 2nd spot in the Pac-12 South division. Manny Wilkins led the team with 2,918 yards passing on 235 for 370 pass attempts, good for a 63.5% completion percentage with 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Demario Richard led the team with 977 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, while Kalen Ballage and the aforementioned Wilkins each added 6 touchdowns on the ground. N’Keal Harry led the team with 1,000 receiving yards, 73 receptions and 7 touchdowns, while Kyle Williams added 6 TDs and 678 receiving yards. Defense wasn’t a strong suit for the Sun Devils, giving up over 31 points and 447 yards of total offense per game, including an average of 268.1 passing yards per game, one of the highest marks in FBS.
NC State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 bowl games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall. Arizona State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win.
Despite a lot of trends pointing towards a lower scoring game, I’m coming into this one expecting a shootout between two teams that aren’t afraid to go after it offensively. With that said, I have this one going back and forth and it could end up coming down to which team has the ball last, so I’ll want to have the points in my back pocket, so I’ll take Arizona State with the points here.