National University Holiday Bowl - Arizona State vs Texas Tech 12/30/13 - Free Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 10:15 PM EST December 30, 2013 TV: ESPN
Since 1978 the Holiday Bowl has become one of the more historic bowls and the 2013 version will be another thriller. The PAC12's Arizona State Sun Devils will face off against Big12's Texas Tech Red Raiders. Holiday Bowl is played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA and will be sponsored by the National University for 1st year.
Most people who watch college football are quite familiar with the Arizona Sun Devils even if they have never been to Arizona, much less the school. The Sun Devils consistently play a high caliber game, which is reinforced by their performance during the season. For the 2013 season, Arizona State posted a respectable 10-3 record, which included loss in PAC 12 Championship game. Sun Devils are known for their elite level passing game as Coach Todd Graham has bought his proven offensive scheme to the desert.
Red Raiders started season on fire going 7-0 but after that it was ugly losing 5 straight games. First year Coach Kliff Kingsbury finished the season in dissapointing fashion but if he could finish with bowl victory it could send them into offseason with big momentum. Key for Holiday Bowl will be their two Freshman QB's if they can avoid turnovers, that killed them late in the season, Red Raiders can win this game.
Both teams have excellent coaches who can pull off big surprises when an opponent gets too relaxed. Stanford ultimately bumped Arizona State from the Rose Bowl, but the Sun Devils are definitely going to be a challenge for the Red Raiders to overcome as the underdog. No surprise then, Arizona is picked as the favorite in Holiday Bowl at the expense of the Red Raiders.
Recent Betting Trends:
Sun Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Red Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Over is 4-1 in Sun Devils last 5 bowl games.
Free Betting Pick: Texas Tech +14
Best play in the Holiday Bowl is the Over 70 points scored as both Texas Tech and Arizona State can score 40 with no problem. This is not a game for those who love defense as both Red Raiders and Sun Devils total 500 plus yards in outright shootout. Gettting two Touchdowns is too many points in a game that will feature no defense, take Texas Tech to the bank as this is very safe ATS winner. Final Score Prediction, Arizona State wins but no way they cover 48-42.