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TEXAS TECH vs. ARIZONA STATE
Monday, Dec. 30, 10:15 pm
ESPN The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas Tech Red Raiders have two very strong offenses, and these two offenses get to square off in the National University Holiday Bowl this year. Arizona State enters the game as a big betting favorite though, as they are around -14 point favorites on most sportsbooks. I haven't seen this line move around much either, meaning that many are torn on this, and this is going to be a tough game to call when all is said and done.
The Sun Devils ended the year at 10-3 overall, and had a great division and conference record going 5-0 and 8-1. They were an incredibly good offensive team, and also had a solid defense this year as well. We've seen their defense step up at times this year, but offensively they've just done it with a nice combination of a good passing game and a good running game as well.
Texas Tech on the other side is an incredibly good passing team, as they average 392 yards per game in the air, which is the second best in the country. Their passing game is going to be a huge part of their success in this game, and they'll have to have a strong passing game in order to keep up with the Sun Devils high powered offense.
41 points per game and 35.7 points per game are what we're going to see in this match-up. Two offenses who can really score, with Arizona State getting the edge though. Both of these teams are in the top 30 in the nation in yards per game, as Arizona State averages 460.8 yards per game, and Texas Tech averages 513.3 yards per game, which is 10th best in the entire country.
The points per game will be what's talked about often, as 41 per game for Arizona State ranks 9th in the country, and 35.7 per game for Texas Tech ranks 28th overall. Both teams can score, and we could see a big shootout happen during this game.
It's a tough game to call overall, especially with a point spread of -14 for the Sun Devils. If I had to take a pick on this I'd go with the Sun Devils laying the big number, just because Arizona State's defense has the ability to make a difference here. I like this offense, but also like this defense, and I'm going to be on the Sun Devils if it stays at less than a two touchdown spread. Arizona State should win this game by more than 2 touchdowns and another one of those games that do not seem to be that close. But laying a bunch to a high scoring team certainly doesnt make this a no brainer. Buying down to 13 is probably the best bet here. We are also going to throw out the Over in tonights game as well.
ARIZONA STATE -13
ARIZONA STATE / TEXAS TECH OVER 71 POINTS
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