N.C. State vs. Arizona State Bowl Pick
Will the N.C. State Wolfpack cover the point spread Friday afternoon when they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at 3:00 p.m. ET?
ODDSMAKERS LIKE: N.C. State. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Wolfpack are now 7-point favorites to knock off the Sun Devils, who opened as 5-point underdogs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 62 points, up from the original number of 60.5.
THE PUBLIC LIKES: N.C. State. As of early Friday afternoon, 59% of the betting tickets were on the Wolfpack to cover while 66% of the money was also on N.C. State.
INJURY REPORT: Key starters out for N.C. State include Dakwa Nichols, who has been out since October with a knee injury, as well as Freddie Phillips Jr., who missed most of the season with an Achilles injury. Bradley Chubb, meanwhile, is doubtful to play as he prepares for the NFL draft, while Tony Adams (leg) is probable.
For ASU, Christian Sam (leg) is doubtful while fellow linebacker Marcus Ball (illness) is out for the year.
WHO WE LIKE: N.C. State. The Wolfpack are 6-2-1 at the betting window in their last nine bowl games. The Sun Devils, meanwhile, have been a bad bet in bowl appearances, failing to cover in six of their last eight bowl games.
Arizona State is also 2-5 against the number in its last seven games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in its previous contest. The Sun Devils are 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, are 2-9 against the number in their last 11 games played in December, and are winless at 0-4 at the betting window in their last four non-conference tilts.
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL PREDICTION: N.C. STATE WOLFPACK -7