To begin with the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl features a couple of head coaches that have found redemption. Jeff Tedford of Fresno State and Herm Edwards of Arizona State have made the most of their second chances. Tedford has worked magic at Fresno State after a four season break that followed his firing at Cal. In fact, the Bulldogs have become a popular team to Bet on College Football with. Herm Edwards last coached in 2008 before taking the ASU job for this season. It was considered a joke when he was hired. Yet nobody is laughing now.
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Arizona State Sun Devils
Date and Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Bet on College Football Odds at SBG:
|Arizona State||+4½ (-110)||51½ (-110)|
|Fresno State||-4½ (-110)||51½ (-110)|
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl TV Coverage: ABC
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State is the Mountain West Conference champion. Last time out the Bulldogs defeated the Boise State Broncos 19-16 in overtime as 1.5-point road dogs. The win capped a remarkable turnaround by Tedford after he inherited a 1-11 program before he arrived. Overall Fresno State has a Bet on College Football record of 11-2 straight up, 9-4 vs. the line, and 4-9 under the total. The Bulldogs rank 26th nationally for scoring offense and third for points allowed. In particular Tedford has vastly improved the Fresno State passing game. But the defense has been even more impressive.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State has a sportsbook record of 7-5 both straight up and against the spread with a 6-6 mark on totals. Last time out for ASU was a stirring 41-40 win at Arizona as 1.5-point chalks. Most important of all is the fact that the Sun Devils rallied from a 40-21 4th quarter deficit. If nothing else Herm Edwards instilled a competitive spirit and fire into his players. Though this may be true there is no real identifiable strength on the ASU team. To exemplify the Sun Devils rank 55th for scoring offense and 49th for points allowed.
Stats to Consider
Arizona State has shown well as an away dog recently. For example, the Sun Devils have lost just two of their last nine games getting points away from home. And five of their last seven as road pups have gone under the total. Balanced against that is Fresno State’s strong profitability laying points on the road. To show the Bulldogs have covered six of their last seven in that role. Just one of their last 11 as away chalks have gone over the total.
Big man on Court
Of major concern to Arizona State will be Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion. Consider his 161.9 rating with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Matchup to Watch
Fresno State and Tedford rate the matchup edge here. While Edwards exceeded expectations at Arizona State the fact remains that they barely made a bowl. Additionally, the Sun Devils failed to take advantage of a weak Pac 12 South Division. Fresno State is one of the top bet on College Football values on the board
Fresno State vs. Arizona State Bet on College Football Picks
In short Fresno State with McMaryion rates the call!
Fresno State vs. Arizona State Bet on College Football Pick: Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State vs. Arizona State Bet on College Football Score Prediction: Fresno State 35, Arizona State 27
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