Arizona Bowl (Arkansas State vs. Nevada) Betting Preview & Picks
Posted by: Charlie Smith
This weekend’s college football betting lineup will feature an intriguing battle of the Wolves in this Saturday’s Arizona Bowl. The contest will pit the Arkansas State Red Wolves against the Nevada Wolf Pack, giving us a rather interesting pairing. The Red Wolves had a killer finish to the season, blowing out their final four opponents. However, will this pre-Bowl Game season break screw with their momentum? Let’s check on the NCAA sportsbook lines to see what they have to say about this Saturday’s Arizona Bowl betting action.
Arizona Bowl | Arkansas State vs. Nevada – Saturday, December 29th
When: 1:15 pm ET
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Stream: CBS Sports
College Football Betting Odds:
Arkansas State Red Wolves
The Red Wolves charge into this Saturday’s contest sporting an 8-4 record. Although their 5-3 record in Sun Belt Conference play managed to tie them for 1st place in the West Division, their loss to Louisiana earlier in the season assured they would miss out on the conference championship. Nevertheless Arkansas Stat is still able to compete in a little postseason action here in the Arizona Bowl. The odds are pegging them as a slight favorite here and the spread makes it clear this match will come down to the wire. All in all these two match up pretty well with the Red Wolves scoring 31.8 per game and the Wolf Pack throwing up 32.3. Defensively Arkansas State gets a decent edge as they give up 26.4 per game while Nevada allots 28.1.
Players to Watch: Justice Hansen (3,172 passing yards, 27 TD, 6 INT), Marcel Murray (793 rushing yards, 7 TD, 5.8 AVG), and Kirk Merritt (939 receiving yards, 7 TD, 75 REC).
Nevada Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack turned in a 7-5 record this season that included a 5-3 record in Mountain West Conference play. This ultimately led to a 2nd place ranking in the conference, losing out on the No. 1 spot to Fresno State. The x-factor in this matchup will be the defensive play. Both sides come in with great defenses albeit the pundits consider Arizona State to have the more dominant unit. However Nevada did close out their regular season action with a 34-29 loss to UNLV, giving up 21 points in the second quarter. In the end bettors will have to decide whether that was just a fluke or if this defense is prone to commit those type of mistakes this Saturday.
Players to Watch: Ty Gangi (3,131 passing yards, 23 TD, 11 INT), Toa Taua (816 rushing yards, 6 TD, 5.2 AVG), and McLane Mannix (875 receiving yards, 7 TD, 50 REC).
Arizona Bowl Betting Predictions | Arkansas State vs. Nevada
Arizona Bowl Betting Picks | Arkansas State vs. Nevada
So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Arizona Bowl matchup? All in all Arkansas State looks like the better pick. They had a killer finish to the season and have a statistically better defense than their Arizona Bowl opponents. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 24-21 Arkansas State.