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Cactus Bowl - West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils- 1/2/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5) at Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6)
Date & Time Saturday January 2, 2016, 10:15 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -1.5 -- Over/Under: 63.5
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CFB | West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5) at Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6)

The West Virginia Mountaineers will play the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

The Arizona State Sun Devils were 6-6 this season and finished 4th in the Pac-12 South Division standings. The Arizona State offense is averaging 33.8 points per game with 289.1 passing yards per game and 184.8 rushing yards per game. Mike Bercovici is the Arizona State quarterback who is completing 60.4% of his passes for 3442 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Demario Richard has 1050 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Arizona State. Kalen Ballage has 627 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Devin Lucien has 930 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Tim White has 554 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Arizona State. The Arizona State defense is giving up 32.7 points per game with 321.7 passing yards per game and 124.4 rushing yards per game. Jordan Simone has 91 tackles, Antonio Longino has 10 sacks, and Kareem Orr has 5 interceptions for Arizona State. Arizona State is even in turnover margin this season.

The West Virginia Mountaineers were 7-5 this season and finished 5th in the Big 12 standings. The West Virginia offense is averaging 33.3 points per game with 235.3 rushing yards per game and 228.1 passing yards per game. Skyler Howard is the West Virginia quarterback who is completing 54.8% of his passes for 2613 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Howard also has 479 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Wendell Smallwood has 1447 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for West Virginia. Shelton Gibson has 744 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Daikiel Shorts has 431 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for West Virginia. The West Virginia defense is giving up 23.2 points per game with 222.8 passing yards per game and 163.4 rushing yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski has 80 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu has 8.5 sacks, and Daryl Worley has 6 interceptions for West Virginia. West Virginia is +11 in turnover margin this season.

West Virginia finished the season winning 4 of their last 5 games. West Virginia has a good rushing attack and is going up against a weak Arizona State defense. West Virginia did lose to the top 4 teams in the Big 12 and had trouble stopping them on defense. Arizona State finished the season winning 2 of their last 3 games. Arizona State really struggled on defense, especially against the pass. Arizona State’s only quality win was against UCLA way back in their 5th game of the season. I am picking Arizona State in this game.

Arizona State Sun Devils +1

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