Holiday Bowl 2013: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Holiday Bowl 2013: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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The No. 14 Arizona State Sun Devils and Texas Tech Red Raiders will meet from Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 30 for the 2013 Holiday Bowl, where both high-powered offenses will look to turn things around to close their seasons.

Todd Graham and the 10-3 Sun Devils were a major disappointment in the Pac-12 title game to end the season, as the Stanford Cardinal won and will play in the Rose Bowl. Arizona State must settle for this bowl, where its all-time record is 0-3.

Things have been much worse for Kliff Kingsbury and the 7-5 Red Raiders, a team that has lost five straight and now has serious question marks at the quarterback position.

A shootout is surely in store between two top-30 offenses, so do not miss out on a bowl infamous for wild endings.

 

When: Monday, Dec. 30 at 10:15 p.m. ET

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 71.5
  • Spread: Arizona State (-14)

 

Sun Devils Injury Report (via USA Today)

Sun Devils Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Marcus Ball S 10/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out shoulder
Chans Cox LB 10/09/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out shoulder
Michael Eubank QB 12/14/2013 has left the team Out personal
DJ Foster RB 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Texas Tech Questionable knee
Marion Grice RB 12/27/2013 is doubtful for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Texas Tech Doubtful leg
Alani Latu LB 08/29/2013 is expected to miss the entire season Out ankle
Viliami Moeakiola S 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Texas Tech Questionable knee
Nduka (Junior) Onyeali DE 08/29/2013 is expected to miss the entire season Out shoulder
Demarious Randell S 08/18/2013 is out indefinitely Out groin

USA Today

Red Raiders Injury Report (via USA Today)

Red Raiders Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Beau Carpenter G 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Arizona State Questionable undisclosed
J.J. Gaines S 10/30/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out shoulder
Baker Mayfield QB 12/12/2013 has decided to transfer Out personal
Tony Morales C 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Arizona State Questionable shoulder
Carlos Thompson WR 12/24/2013 is questionable for the Holiday Bowl Monday against Arizona State Questionable undisclosed

USA Today

 

Can Red Raiders Right Sinking Ship?

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A string of five losses is far from the biggest concern for Texas Tech entering the late-December showdown with Arizona State.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, owner of 2,315 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and the title Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after winning the job as a walk on, informed the team earlier in the month that he intends to transfer to Oklahoma, per College GameDay on Twitter:

This means Kingsbury is forced to choose between Davis Webb and Michael Brewer. As Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal illustrates, that is a tough thing to do at the end of a season:

Webb appeared in nine games this season and threw for 2,315 yards and 16 scores, while Brewer attempted just 10 passes.

No matter who is under center, the Red Raiders offense must play at a high level to both mask a miserable defense and overcome a Sun Devils offense that ranks in the top 10 with an average of 41 points scored per game.

 

Prediction

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Arizona State's dynamic duo of quarterback Taylor Kelly (3,510 yards and 28 touchdowns) and receiver Jaelen Strong (71 catches, 1,094 yards and seven scores) will find it rather simple to torch the Texas Tech defense that ranks No. 90 with an average of 31.2 points allowed.

Other than that, Arizona State needs to simply keep playing its game for the school to win for the first time in the bowl. Brad Denny of 3TV reports another alarming stat in the Sun Devils' favor:

Arizona State is simply the better team, has no distractions to worry about and has plenty to prove.

 

Final Score: Sun Devils 38, Red Raiders 28

 

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