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    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Where: Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM ET
    Spread: NC State Wolfpack -6
    Over/Under Total: 59.5
    Quick Pick: NC State Wolfpack -6

    The Arizona State Sun Devils will take on the NC State Wolfpack in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl. The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29, 2017. This game is set to kick off at 3:00 PM ET and can be seen on CBS.


    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    The Sun Bowl is an annual football game that is played during the NCAA College Bowl Season. The Sun Bowl is tied with the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl as the 2nd oldest bowl in history of the bowl season.

    The bowl is played at Sun Bowl Stadium at University of Texas El Paso. The Sun Bowl has been called the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2010 but was called numerous other names throughout its history. It has been called the John Hancock Sun Bowl, John Hancock Bowl, Norwest Bank Sun Bowl, Norwest Sun Bowl Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, Vitalis Sun Bowl, Brut Sun Bowl and Sun Bowl.

    The Sun Bowl features conference tie-ins with the ACC and the PAC 12. This year, the NC State Wolfpack will represent the ACC and the Arizona State Sun Devils will represent the PAC 12. This will be the first time that the North Carolina State Wolfpack will appear in the Sun Bowl but the Sun Devils from Arizona State have appeared in the Sun Bowl 5 previous times. They have a record of 3-1-1.


    Previous Matchup History

    The Wolfpack and the Sun Devils have played each other two times in the history of the programs but the most recent game was played way back in 1974. Both teams have split wins/losses with NC State winning in 1974 by the score 35-14 and Arizona State winning in 1960 by the score 25-22.

    North Carolina State Wolfpack 8-4 (ACC)

    The North Carolina State Wolfpack finished up the season in 2nd place in the ACC’s Atlantic Conference, behind Clemson. The Wolfpack ended the season with a 8-4 SU and 4-7-1 ATS record. They went 3-2 on the road this year and played 8 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Wolfpack struggled covering the line to end the regular season. They ended up only covering the spread in 1 of their final 5 games.

    The North Carolina State Wolfpack are led on offense by junior quarterback Ryan Finley. Finley has completed 64% of his passes for 3200 passing yards on the year. He is averaging 7.1 yards per attempt, has thrown 16 touchdown passes and 6 interceptions. Finley likes to spread the ball around and has 4 wide receivers with at least 450 yards on the season. Kelvin Harmon leads the Wolfpack with 993 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Nyheim Hines has rushed for 1040 yards and has crossed the goalline 9 times for the Wolfpack. Hines gets his share of carries but also splits carries with junior tailback Reggie Gallaspy II. Gallaspy has ran 106 times for 435 yards and 5 touchdowns.

    The Wolfpack have appeared in 30 bowl games, going 16-13-1 in those games. The Wolfpack have appeared in 3 straight bowl games, going 2-1 in those bowl games. Last year, the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 41-17 in the Independence Bowl.


    Arizona State Sun Devils 7-5 (PAC-12)

    The Arizona State Sun Devils and the regular season 7-5 SU and ATS. They were just 2-3 on the road this year and played 7 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Sun Devils played in some tough games this year and came out of it with a winning record but that wasn't enough to save the job of head coach Todd Graham. The Arizona State University cut ties with Graham firing their head coach and moving on in a different direction. Graham has already been given notice but will finish out the season and coach the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl game.

    That direction ended up with the legend and Herm Edwards. Edwards agreed to a five-year contract making $2 million per year in guaranteed salary and another $3.7 million per year in incentives and bonuses.

    The Sun Devils offense can score against any team in the nation. They posted 30 or more points in 8 of their 12 regular-season games. They are let on offense by junior quarterback Manny Wilkins. Wilkins completed 63.5% of his pass attempts for a total of 2918 yards, 17 touchdown passes and 5 interceptions. Wilkins top target for the Sun Devils is wide receiver N'Keal Harry. Harry has pulled in 73 receptions for 1000 yards and 7 touchdowns.
    The Sun Devils also have a pair of talented running backs in the Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage. Richard leads the Sun Devils with 12 touchdowns on the ground and is just 23 yards shy of a 1000 yard rushing season.

    The Sun Devils have appeared in 29 bowl games in the history of the program. The Sun Devils are 14-14-1 overall and are coming in off a 2016 loss in the Cactus Bowl to West Virginia by the score of 43-42 (was played in 2016 but is considered a 2015 bowl). They are 2-5 in their last 7 bowl games overall.


    Hyundai Sun Bowl Handicapping

    The Wolfpack were undefeated this year when they are the favorite in the game with the exception of the opener. GTBets has NC State as the favorite at -6 in this game. The Sun Devils offense was explosive to close out the season but now they face a defense that can put pressure on an offensive line, led by defensive player of the year Bradley Chubb. Some people suspect that Chubb will sit this one out but it may not matter as they are still a dangerous defense with the core group around him. There is no doubt, the Sun Devils will play hard as they want to send Graham out in style with a win but will it be enough to beat a well rounded team like the Wolfpack???

    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system shows North Carolina State winning this game by close to two touchdowns. With the line being 6, that still leaves us a touchdown to play with. Don’t sweat it, play NC State -6 and cash the winner!

    Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina State -6

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-15-17, 06:57 PM.

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    **Update**
    Hyundai Sun Bowl


    We have already given out NC State early in the bowl season and hopefully, you listened and played it early to save the half point or even a full point in some cases. We will make this a 3 star play and will also be adding a 4 star play on the over in this game. Make sure you check back with us today because we may possibly upgrade one of these plays prior to gametime.

    North Carolina State -6

    NC State vs. Arizona State Over 60
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-29-17, 02:50 PM.

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