Arizona State vs. NC State 2017 Sun Bowl Betting Lines & Game Preview

Arizona State vs. NC State 2017 Sun Bowl Betting Lines & Game Preview

Written by on December 27, 2017

The Arizona State Sun Devils and NC State Wolfpack will both look to close out their respective 2017 campaigns on a positive note when they square off in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, December 29. This game goes down live from the Sun Bowl at 3:00 PM ET while airing on CBS, so let’s check which team offers the best value according to their Sun Bowl betting odds.

Wolfpack (8-4) vs. Sun Devils (7-5) 2017 Sun Bowl Betting Lines & Game Preview

  • When: Friday, December 29, 2017, 3:00 PM ET
  • Where: Sun Bowl
  • TV: CBS
  • Radio: 87.7 FM (NC State) / 98.7 FM (Arizona State)
  • Live Stream: CBS All Access
  • Sun Bowl Betting Odds: NC State Wolfpack -6.5 (Over/Under at 59.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 20°C/68°F
  • Humidity: 19%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 0%
  • Wind: 7 mph W
  • Stadium Type: Open

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Team Records

  • All: NC State Wolfpack 8-4 / Arizona State Sun Devils 7-5
  • Home: NC State Wolfpack 5-2 / Arizona State Sun Devils 5-2
  • Away: NC State Wolfpack 3-2 / Arizona State Sun Devils 2-3
  • ATS: NC State Wolfpack 4-7-1 / Arizona State Sun Devils 7-4-1
  • Over/Under: NC State Wolfpack 3-8 / Arizona State Sun Devils 5-7

Why Bet the NC State Wolfpack Odds at -6.5?

NC State won two of their final three games and comes into the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl off a 33-21 smackdown win over North Carolina on Nov. 25 although they failed to cover the chalk as a 15-point home favorite. The Wolfpack average a respectable 30.6 points per game (46th) while allowing 24.8 points per game defensively (49th). Quarterback Ryan Finley had a fine season by completing 63.9 percent of his passes while throwing or 3,196 yards with 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions while running back Nyheim Hines rushed for a team-high 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns. Finley is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in the upcoming NFL Draft if he chooses to leave. “I’m excited about the opportunity, either way, to leave for the NFL or to come back,” Finley told reporters recently. “To finish my senior year, I heard somebody say it’s a champagne problem. So I’m excited about the opportunity I have.” “Obviously you want to finish what you started on a high note, and that’s with a win in El Paso,” Finley said. “We’re excited about going down there, and our No. 1 goal is to get the win.”

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 30.58
  • Total Yards: 449.25
  • Rush Yards: 177.75
  • Passing Yards: 271.50
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 24.75
  • Total Yards: 377.17
  • Rush Yards: 132.25
  • Passing Yards: 244.92

Why Bet the Arizona State Sun Devils Odds at +6.5?

The Sun Devils won two straight and three of their final four games and come into their bowl game matchup off an impressive 42-30 win over Arizona on Nov. 25. Still, head coach Todd Graham will coach his last game with the Sun Devils after being fired the day after the win over Arizona. Arizona State athletic director and former NFL player agent Ray Anderson hired former client and longtime NFL coach Herman Edwards to run the program starting next season. Still, Graham graciously chose to remain and coach the game. 2017 Sun Bowl Betting Odds are not by the Sun Devils side. The Sun Devils average a solid 31.9 points per game (40th) but give up an overly generous 31.2 points per contest defensively (88th). Quarterback Manny Wilkins completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,918 yards while throwing 17 TD passes and five interceptions while adding six rushing scores on the ground. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry led the team with 73 catches for 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 31.92
  • Total Yards: 427.59
  • Rush Yards: 179.92
  • Passing Yards: 247.67
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 31.25
  • Total Yards: 446.75
  • Rush Yards: 178.67
  • Passing Yards: 268.08

Latest Sun Bowl Betting Trends

  • North Carolina State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • North Carolina State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of North Carolina State’s last 9 games
  • North Carolina State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • North Carolina State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of North Carolina State’s last 9 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

53 percent of public bettors have been backing NC State in this contest since the line first came out over a month ago and that hasn’t changed one iota. Still, neither has my pick that Arizona State will cover the chalk! NC State has gone just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four non-conference games. Arizona State is 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 bowl games overall. Arizona State has scored at least 37 points in each of their last four games while topping the 40-point plateau in three of those contests, which, by the way, were all victories. I’m going with the Arizona State Sun Devils with the points in this one! Sun Bowl Betting Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +6.5