Duke Vs Arizona Hyundai Sun Bowl ATS OddsNoah Williams
Don’t overlook the 2014 Sun Bowl. It’s on many people’s most under-rated bowl games of the season. Both Duke and Arizona State had great seasons and have a lot of talent on their rosters. They also had similar ends to their season. After starting out 8-1, both teams lost two of their last three games to finish 9-3.
The 2014 Sun Bowl ATS odds favor the Sun Devils by a colossal 7.5 points over the Blue Devils.
— Hyundai Sun Bowl (@HyundaiSunBowl) December 11, 2014
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Duke Blue Devils vs Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: Dec. 27, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: El Paso, Texas
Stadium: Sun Bowl
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Duke Vs Arizona State
Point Spread: Sun Devils -7.5
Game Total: 59.5
Arizona State Will Win the Sun Bowl If
They score like ‘normal’ and force the Blue Devils into a couple of turnovers!
Arizona State may have lost two of its final three regular season games, but the Sun Devils scored their fair share of points even in defeat and have one of the most dangerous offenses in the country. The Sun Devils ranked 18th in the nation in scoring (37.0 ppg) and can air it out with the best of them as their 29th-ranked passing attack suggests.
Did you know? We ranked 18th in nation in scoring offense and averaged 440+ yards per game in 2014 pic.twitter.com/zCYBPFhHrA
— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) December 15, 2014
Senor quarterback Taylor Kelly will need to complete at least 60 percent of his passes and avoid throwing two picks. More importantly, if junior running back D.J. Foster doesn’t rush for at least 52 yards, then Arizona State can hang it up as they lost every game except two that Foster didn’t reach that figure or more.
The Sun Devils will also need to force Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone into at least one turnover and likely, two. Boone had at least one interception in all three of the Blue Devils’ losses and two picks in two of those losses.
Duke Will Win the Sun Bowl If
Bring their ‘A’ game on defense and put 30 points on the board minimum!
Duke had one of the best defenses in the country this season as they limited their opponents to just 20.6 points per game (20th). The Blue Devils will need to keep ASU running back D.J. Foster in check, but it should be known that the Dookies ranked a mediocre 97th in the nation against the run (2196.2 ypg).
The Blue Devils will also need to keep Sun Devils outstanding wideout Jaelen Strong from having his way, seeing as how the fleet-footed receiver ranked 12th in the nation with 10 touchdown grabs while also finishing 17th in receiving yards (1,062).
Who Will Win the 2014 Sun Bowl?
Arizona State has the far more explosive offense and they also play far better competition in the Pac-12 than Duke does in the mediocre ACC. The Sun Devils have gone 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an SU loss and a nearly identical 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.
— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) December 18, 2014
Duke has put together a string of fantastic ATS numbers like their 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games against teams with a winning record or their 18-7-1 ATS mark in their last 26 games overall.
I like the Arizona State Sun Devils to win this contest and cover the bowl game betting line, particularly seeing as how they hung 35 points against an equally talented Arizona defense the last time out.