The Sun Devils are sizable favorites for December 30th's affair. The college football odds have them favored by as many as 14 points, while the O/U opened at 68.5.
Kickoff is scheduled for 10:15 PM EST at Qualcomm Stadium in sunny San Diego.
Arizona State Sun Devils
The ending to their regular season wasn't what the Sun Devils (10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) would have wanted and now they have to settle for the Holiday Bowl instead of the coveted Rose Bowl
After losing at Notre Dame by three, Arizona State had put together an impressive seven-game winning streak that includes statement wins over UCLA (38-33) and Arizona (58-21). But, the Pac-12 Championship game didn't go as planned, as the Sun Devils fell to Stanford for the second time this season, this time by a 44-14 score-line.
Nonetheless, the Sun Devils finished with a respectable 10-3 record (8-1 in the Pac-12) and will therefore represent the conference in the Holiday Bowl.
Taylor Kelly has done a tremendous job in leading the offense in 2013. The junior threw for 28 touchdowns against 11 interceptions and ran for eight more scores in a fine overall season.
The big question for the Sun Devils is whether or not Marion Grice will be able to go. The senior back, who's totaled 20 touchdowns this year, has been out of action with a leg injury. Should he miss out, D.J. Foster will try to pick up the slack.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
The Red Raiders (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) were undefeated heading into a road game against Oklahoma back on October 26th. They lost to the Sooners and then followed that up with defeats to Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas.
After starting off so hot, it must have been unbearable for Kliff Kingsbury to watch his team crumble down the stretch.
Essentially all of the issues came on the defensive side of the ball. Texas Tech is all the way down at #79 in total defense, having allowed 419.1 yards per game heading into the bowl. They've been especially poor (194.3 YPG allowed) against the run.
Offensively, things have been just peachy. The Red Raiders are averaging a ridiculous 392.0 passing yards per game and have averaged 35.7 points. There's been some drama here lately though with news that Baker Mayfield will transfer, meaning Davis Webb is likely to start against Arizona State.
College Football Pick
We first were attracted to a total play, given both team's propensity to get involved in shootouts, but we actually think the best value is on Texas Tech in this one.
No one is denying the Red Raiders have looked terrible over the last couple of months, but this offense is still more than capable of holding its own, even with Webb under center instead of Mayfield.
This Texas Tech team should be super motivated to end the season on a high after dropping five straight to close out the regular season. Not many will give them a shot whatsoever of staying competitive with Arizona State, but we believe this is too many points to be getting. So, we'll side with the Red Raiders to cover the spread for our college football pick.
Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +14