Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
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The West Virginia Mountaineers take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 in the Cactus Bowl. The opening line for this game has Arizona State as 1.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 63.5.
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West Virginia was led in passing last game by Skyler Howard, who finished with 281 yards through the air. He went 19 for 42 on the game, good for a 45% completion percentage. Wendell Smallwood led the Mountaineers in rushing with 141 yards. He averaged 6 yards per carry on his 25 rushing attempts for the game. Jordan Thompson led the team in receiving. He had a total of 127 yards on 5 receptions for an average of 25 yards per catch in the game. As a team in that game West Virginia had 447 total yards on 84 plays. They gained 8 rushing first downs, 14 passing, and 0 by way of penalty for a total of 22 first downs on the game. The Mountaineers rushed for 166 yards by way of 42 carries.
Arizona State was led in passing last game by Mike Bercovici, who finished with 395 yards through the air. He went 27 for 43 on the game, good for a 63% completion percentage. Demario Richard led the Sun Devils in rushing with 131 yards. He averaged 4 yards per carry on his 33 rushing attempts for the game. Devin Lucien led the team in receiving. He had a total of 200 yards on 8 receptions for an average of 25 yards per catch in the game. Arizona State had 586 total yards on 95 plays. They gained 10 rushing first downs, 17 passing, and 1 by way of penalty for a total of 28 first downs on the game. The Sun Devils rushed for 191 yards by way of 52 carries.
West Virginia is averaging 33.3 points per game on the offensive side of the ball. They are completing 17 passes per game on 31.5 attempts for a 54 percent completion percentage and average 228.1 yards in the passing department per game. The Mountaineers are averaging 235.3 rushing yards per game on 49.2 attempts per contest for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. They are also running 80.7 plays per game and average 5.7 yards per play for an average of 463.3 yards per contest. The Mountaineers manage 24.7 first downs per contest and they average a total of 71.3 penalty yards on 6.8 penalties.
West Virginia gives up 23.2 points per contest and an average of 222.7 passing yards each game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow an average of 16.8 completed passes on 32.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 51. The Mountaineers allow 163.5 rushing yards per game on 40.9 carries for a 4 average per play. West Virginia gives up 386.2 total yards per game including 5.2 yards per play. They force 2.6 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.3 penalties per game that total 62.6 yards as a unit.
Arizona State is putting 34 points on the board per game on the offensive side of the ball. They complete 24.2 passes per game on 40.1 attempts for a 60.3 percent completion percentage and average 288.6 yards in the passing department for each outing. The Sun Devils rush for an average of 185.3 yards per contest on 42.1 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry for the season. They also run 82.2 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for an average of 473.8 yards in each contest. The Sun Devils are gaining 23.5 first downs per contest and they average 39.4 penalty yards on 4.5 penalties per game.
Arizona State surrenders 32.7 points per game and 321.7 passing yards each outing on the defensive side of the ball. They allow 22.2 completed passes per game on 38.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.2. The Sun Devils allow 124.6 rushing yards per contest on 34.8 carries for a 3.6 average per rush. Arizona State gives up 446.3 total yards per game including an average of 6.1 per play. They create an average of 1.6 turnovers per game and 5.8 penalties for 50.8 yards each game.
West Virginia Betting Trends
West Virginia is 3-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
West Virginia has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
Arizona State Betting Trends
Arizona State is 5-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
Arizona State has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/06/15 DL Yodny Cajuste Foot "?" Saturday vs. Arizona State
10/07/15 db Karl Joseph Knee out for season
12/06/15 TE Grant Martinez Knee "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
12/06/15 LB Nick Ralston Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
11/17/15 DB Jordan Simone Leg out for season
11/06/15 S Armand Perry Ankle out for season
10/25/15 TE Dan Vear Undisclosed out for season
08/24/15 WR Cameron Smith Knee out for season
08/24/15 OL Dillon Faamatau Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Arizona State
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