My 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl picks between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Navy Midshipmen are all set and ready to go here at Cappers Info. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl kickoff starts at 4:00 p.m. ET at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA, and I’m going to be your expert college football handicapper that points you towards the winning bet for the Arizona State vs. Navy game.
2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Navy Midshipmen (8-4, 4-8 ATS) +14
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5, 7-5 ATS) -14
If you just look at what the Midshipmen have been doing lately, you would think that this would be an automatic ‘under’ game. The team has put up just 38 points over the course of its last two games, and the defense has held three out of four teams to 17 points or fewer. However, I’m not really all that sure that this is the route to go with this game on Saturday afternoon in the Golden State.
Though the Middies have scored some fewer points in these last few weeks, the offense has been a heck of a lot more dynamic and efficient with QB Keenan Reynolds calling the shots. Reynolds does a great job taking care of the football, and he is just a better passer than QB Trey Miller. The Naval Academy also has some dynamic rushers in RB Noah Copeland and RB Gee Gee Greene, who combined for over 1,400 rushing yards on the campaign. Greene was also the team’s leading receiver with 303 yards and two trips to the end zone, albeit on just 17 receptions. The Midshipmen also haven’t been very good when it comes to defense this year, allowing 388.9 yards per game. The club allowed 50 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and 41 to the Troy Trojans in two of the worst games of the year, though a 34-7 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions was right up there as well amongst the worst defensive showings of the year.
Arizona State has been all over the place this year. The team has six games with at least 41 points scored, but a few games with 21 points or fewer as well. Obviously, if this turns out to be one of those games with 40+ points scored, this one will get beyond the ‘total’. If not, it could be problematic, but it definitely isn’t an impossible happening to get to the number. Against teams with relatively quirky, high octane offenses, the Sun Devils allowed 43 to the Oregon Ducks, 45 to the UCLA Bruins, and 34 to the Arizona Wildcats. That’s more along the lines of what I’m expecting on Saturday afternoon, and in the end, I expect to see both of these teams get into the 30s.
Navy vs. Arizona State Picks & Tips: Over 53