Matchup: Duke vs. Arizona State (-7, 65.5 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, December 27th @ 2:00 PM (EST)
Location: El Paso, TX (Airing on CBS)
Preview: The Arizona State Sun Devils take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Hyundai Sun Bowl from El Paso, Texas.
Arizona State had a pretty successful season, and was at one time in the mix for the national championship contention. The Sun Devils had a big win against Notre Dame at home, but after that big win they were in total letdown mode. That letdown became a reality when they lost to Oregon State in Corvallis the following week. They rebounded to win the following week with a win over Washington State, yet lost their regular season finale at Arizona 42-35. The Duke Blue Devils also had another successful season, after going to the ACC championship last season; they took a bit of a step back yet still finished the season at 9-3 and are in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.
I’m recommending a play on the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. I’m questioning the motivation here for Arizona State. The Sun Devils had some serious hopes to be in the PAC-12 championship and the national championship playoff. Duke in the mean time, is a well coached bunch that can score in bunches. You know that head coach David Cutcliffe will have his team ready. They showed up last year against Texas A&M, and fell short, which just adds to motivation for the Blue Devils. Also adding into the intriguing situation is that there seems to be a quarterback controversy for the Sun Devils between Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly, which can’t be good for a locker room. I’m grabbing the points with Duke here, as I think they are an extremely live dog here.
2014 Sun Bowl Pick: Duke +7, Over 65.5
2014 Sun Bowl Bowl Score Prediction: Arizona State 38 – Duke 34