The Florida State Seminoles (6-6) travel to El Paso, Texas at the end of December to battle the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) in the 2019 Sun Bowl. Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM EST on December 31st at the Sun Bowl and the game will be nationally televised on CBS.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Arizona State is currently listed as a 4.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Sun Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Arizona State vs Florida State
Florida State couldn’t find a way to win three straight games to close out the regular season, falling 40-17 on the road against Florida their last time out. The Seminoles gave up 23 unanswered points in the second quarter and never recovered, scoring just one touchdown over the final 30 minutes of the game en route to their sixth loss. QB James Blackman went 14/23 for 150 passing yards through the air but failed to find the end zone. RB Cam Akers was definitely the star of the game for FSU on offense, racking up 102 rushing yards and a touchdown on a team-high 17 carries on the ground. Overall, Florida State averaged 29 points and over 400 total yards of offense through their first 12 outings.
The Seminoles struggled at times on the other side of the ball this year, giving up 29 points and over 425 total yards of offense per game. Florida State was especially poor defending against the pass, allowing opposing offenses to average 284 yards through the air on a weekly basis.
Arizona State won two straight games at the end of November to finish the season 7-5 overall. The Sun Devils reeled off back to back wins over Oregon and Arizona in order to become bowl eligible. ASU really put on a show against #6 overall Oregon, jumping out to a 13-7 lead and holding on for the win despite giving up three touchdowns over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Jayden Daniels was fantastic, going 22/32 for 408 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. RB Eno Benjamin was a monster on the ground, rumbling for 114 rushing yards on a game-high 33 carries. As a whole, Arizona State averaged 25 points and close to 400 total yards of offense during the regular season.
The Sun Devils were solid defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 23 points and under 400 total yards of offense per game. Arizona State was especially strong defending against the run, surrendering under 120 rushing yards per outing.
2019 Sun Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: ASU -4.5
With the total looking very efficient, my favorite play from the 2019 Sun Bowl is Arizona State against the spread. It’s hard not to be impressed by how well the Sun Devils are playing right now, as they really seemed to hit another gear over the final weeks of the regular season. Florida State really struggled against the spread this year, going just 4-7-1 ATS through their first 12 games. They were especially poor on the road, failing to cover the number in six out of their last seven games away from Doak Campbell Stadium.
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Florida State is currently the midst of a two month downswing, going just 2-5 against the spread over their last seven games overall. While Arizona State is a troubling 0-5 against the spread in their last five meetings with ACC opponents, they did avoid a losing record away from Sun Devil Stadium this weekend. I’ll take my chances with the slight favorite and roll with Arizona State to cover the number in the 2019 Sun Bowl in what should be a very entertaining matchup.