Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting matches two defensive teams as Nebraska faces Arizona on Wednesday, December 30th.
Arizona is a 1.5 point favorite in NCAA football betting with a total of 40 in this game that can be seen on ESPN.
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting is usually high scoring but with these two teams it doesn’t seem likely. Nebraska comes into Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting ranked 22nd in the country while Arizona is ranked 20th. The Cornhuskers nearly ended up in a BCS bowl game but Texas got a last second field goal to beat them in the Big 12 title game. Arizona also could have made a BCS bowl game but lost at home to Oregon in double overtime. The Wildcats did bounce back with wins over Arizona State and USC to finish in a tie for second in the Pac-10.
Nebraska has the second ranked defense in the country, allowing just 11.2 points per game. They are led by Heisman Trophy finalist Ndamukong Suh who had 82 tackles, 12 sacks and 23 tackles for loss this NCAA football betting season. Arizona will have to control him if they are to win in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting. Arizona has allowed just 11 sacks this season which is 10th best in the country.
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting has Arizona with a defense that can make plays as well. They are 21st in the country in total defense. They shouldn’t have many problems in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting against a Nebraska offense that simply isn’t very good. Nebraska’s offense is running back Roy Helu who rushed for 1,139 yards this season.
Nebraska and Arizona have not met since 1998 which was also in the Holiday Bowl when Arizona won 23-20. Pacific Life Holiday Bowl betting indicates that the Cornhuskers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and they are 4-0 in NCAA football betting in their last 4 games as an underdog.
The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 2-7-1 vs. the NCAA football betting odds in their last 10 non-conference games.
Five of the last six Nebraska bowl games have gone under in NCAA football betting. 11 of the last 14 Nebraska games overall have gone under. Five of the last six Arizona games have gone under the total.