Thursday, January 10, 2008

Arizona State-Texas

the Holiday Bowl
Thursday, December 27th, 8:00pm
San Diego, California
Arizona State
(10-2)_____Pac 10____241.74
(9-3)_____Big 12____275.96
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
4Oregon State209.72W, 44-323@ Central Florida266.42W, 35-32
11@ UCLA117.96W, 24-2011Texas Tech195.22W, 59-43
2@ Colorado93.37W, 33-142Texas Christian152.78W, 34-13
9California87.95W, 31-2010@ Oklahoma State112.55W, 38-35
14Arizona69.56W, 20-179Nebraska29.14W, 28-25
6@ Washington State31.17W, 23-201Arkansas State-63.38W, 21-13
7Washington-9.10W, 44-208@ Baylor-139.20W, 31-10
5@ Stanford-46.40W, 41-37@ Iowa State-155.31W, 56-3
1San Jose State-53.89W, 45-34Rice-221.20W, 58-14
3San Diego State-84.17W, 34-136Oklahoma409L, 21-28
13Southern California321.57L, 24-4413@ Texas A&M130.38L, 30-38
10Oregon251.78L, 23-355Kansas State43.11L, 21-41

This is a great matchup between top-tier teams from the Pac 10 & Big 12. Schedule strength is about even, with both teams beating some solid opponents.

They started out on the same track, then split when Texas lost in week 5, and basically came back together at the end of the season. The Horns are looking up though, while the Sun Devils are trying to get back to their pre-November status.

Intangibles: Arizona State was passed up for a BCS bowl bid - will that fire them up or make them fold?

The Line: Arizona State +2.5

The Story: I don't expect a blowout in this game - both are very capable, but both have some flaws which can really be exploited.

The Call: Texas by 7

The Result: Texas 52-34 = The score doesn't indicate a blowout, but the Sun Devils were overmatched all night.

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