Arizona State vs. Fresno State - Las Vegas Bowl - 12/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (11-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)
College Football: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Fresno State Bulldogs and Arizona State Sun Devils meet Saturday in the college football Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium as college bowl season gets underway.
The Fresno State Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11 games and have a chance to win 12 games in a single season for the first time in school history. The Fresno State Bulldogs have won five of their last six non-home games. Marcus McMaryion is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 3,453 yards, 25 touchdowns and three interceptions. McMaryion has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. KeeSean Johnson and Jared Rice have combined for 1,931 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Jamire Jordan has 26 receptions. The Fresno State Bulldogs ground game is averaging 146.2 yards per contest, and Ronnie Rivers leads the way with 531 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Fresno State is allowing 13.7 points and 323.8 yards per game. Jeff Allison leads the Fresno State Bulldogs with 121 tackles, George Helmuth has five sacks and Anthoula Kelly has three interceptions.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils have won five of their last eight games and look for their first bowl victory since the 2014 season. The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost four of their last six non-home games. Manny Wilkins is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,896 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilkins has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. N'Keal Harry and Kyle Williams have combined for 1,520 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Frank Darby has 21 receptions. The Arizona State Sun Devils ground game is averaging 185.6 yards per contest, and Eno Benjamin leads the way with 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona State is allowing 25.1 points and 401.8 yards per game. Merlin Robertson leads the Arizona State Sun Devils with 77 tackles, Tyler Johnson has four sacks and Aashari Crosswell has three interceptions.
The Bulldogs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 bowl games and 26-7-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall. The Sun Devils are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. MWC. The over is 4-1 in Sun Devils last 5 non-conference games. The under is 22-8 in Bulldogs last 30 games overall.
The Fresno State Bulldogs finally beat Boise State to win the MWC title and have a defense that's allowing 14.3 points per game during their three-game winning streak. The Arizona State Sun Devils have toped 30 points in four of their last five games and have won 11 of their last 13 games SU when scoring at least 30 points. The Fresno State Bulldogs have covered nine of their last 11 games when favored of at least three points. The Arizona State Sun Devils have covered each of their last five games when an underdog of at least three points. Arizona State has the ability to grind out a victory here, but I'm not sure I trust the Sun Devils offense to show up, as it was a very inconsistent bunch all year long. The Fresno State Bulldogs were one of the more consistent teams in the country all year and they've allowed 16 or less points in nine of their 13 games. I have to lay the field goal in this contest.