CFB Odds and Prediction on National University Holiday Bowl 2013

Texas Tech vs Arizona Football

The Arizona State Sun Devils won the South Division of the Pac 12 Conference in head coach Todd Graham’s second season on the job as they have seen their program be re-ignited with the passion of its fans that it was well known for a generation ago. The Sun Devils feature an exciting offense and improved defense that should give opponents all that they can handle for years to come. The Texas Tech Red Raiders won their first 7 games for favorite son rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury but could not sustain momentum in Big 12 Conference play as the lost their final 5 games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders will face the Arizona State Sun Devils in the National University Holiday Bowl from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA with coverage on ESPN starting at 10:15 PM ET.

Up and Down the Kliff

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 7-5 straight up and 5-7 against the spread with 9 of their games going over the total with the CFB lines. The Red Raiders ranked 2nd in the nation for passing offense as Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield were interchangeable at QB. The defense was a drag and ranked 91st in the nation for points allowed.

Sparky Offense

The Arizona State Sun Devils are 10-3 SU and 7-6 ATS with 9 of their games going over the total. The Sun Devils ranked 9th in the nation for scoring offense as RB Marion Grice ran for 996 yards and 20 TD’s, QB Taylor Kelly threw for 3510 yards and Jaelen Strong had 1094 receiving yards. Arizona State lost the Pac 12 Championship Game to Stanford 38-14 which snapped a 7 game winning streak.

The Pick

Arizona State has covered the spread in just 1 out of their last 5 bowl games but is 7-0 against the spread after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Texas Tech has paid out in just 1 out of their last 7 bowl games and is 0-8 ATS after a SU loss with 4 straight ATS losses against teams with a winning record. Arizona State flashed the better look between these 2 teams and gets the call!

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