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CFB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/15/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




ARIZONA ST (7 - 5) vs. FRESNO ST (11 - 2)
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Week 16 Saturday, 12/15/2018 3:30 PM
LAS VEGAS BOWL - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
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205ARIZONA ST52.553.5
206FRESNO ST-3.5-6.5
ARIZONA ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-5+2.27-46-630.715.7427.0(6.2)0.725.113.8401.7(5.6)1.5
Road Games2-4-33-23-328.314.8364.3(5.5)0.531.518.2449.3(6.1)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+11-11-233.714.7401.7(5.6)0.733.021.3469.3(6.3)2.3
Turf Games1-2-12-01-230.012.3331.0(4.9)0.732.722.3447.3(6.1)2.3
ARIZONA ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)30.715.721.729:2439-186(4.8)19-3062.3%241(7.9)69-427(6.2)(13.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.914.220.330:2137-149(4)20-3360.7%241(7.2)71-390(5.5)(14.5)
Offense Road Games28.314.818.528:5236-151(4.1)18-3060.1%213(7.2)66-364(5.5)(12.9)
Defense (All Games)25.113.822.830:3640-163(4.1)19-3260.9%239(7.6)71-402(5.6)(16)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.113.920.330:3737-153(4.1)19-3258.8%233(7.2)69-385(5.6)(14.8)
Defense Road Games31.518.224.031:0843-204(4.7)19-3061.2%246(8.1)74-449(6.1)(14.3)

FRESNO ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-2+4.69-42-1034.916.8420.4(6.2)0.813.76.6325.0(4.8)1.8
Road Games5-2+1.65-20-727.912.0366.7(5.5)
Last 3 Games3-0+2.11-20-324.37.7397.7(6.1)1.314.37.0333.0(5)0.7
Turf Games10-2+3.68-42-934.716.9420.4(6.4)0.713.76.6329.6(4.8)1.7
FRESNO ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)34.916.820.330:5636-146(4.1)22-3269.6%274(8.7)67-420(6.2)(12)
Opponents Defensive Avg.32.717.320.930:0938-169(4.4)20-3262.0%248(7.7)71-417(5.9)(12.8)
Offense Road Games27.912.019.929:4234-120(3.5)22-3268.7%247(7.6)67-367(5.5)(13.2)
Defense (All Games)13.76.617.829:0436-130(3.6)16-3251.0%195(6.1)68-325(4.8)(23.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.714.22030:4838-160(4.2)18-3256.6%226(7.2)70-386(5.5)(13.9)
Defense Road Games12.65.319.730:1842-162(3.9)17-3252.9%167(5.3)73-328(4.5)(26.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: ARIZONA ST 36.7,  FRESNO ST 28
ARIZONA ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/27/2018@ USC38-35W3W54O44-28314-24-166133-14921-30-2711
11/17/2018@ OREGON29-31L3.5W66U41-14215-32-182141-18719-34-2624
11/24/2018@ ARIZONA41-40W-1T66O31-13618-31-265044-23821-39-2822
12/15/2018*FRESNO ST            

FRESNO ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2018@ NEW MEXICO38-7W-14.5W52U44-15320-30-280033-14815-32-1471
11/3/2018@ UNLV48-3W-27W59.5U34-19226-35-274141-19715-35-1051
11/9/2018@ BOISE ST17-24L-2L55U28-10724-35-283044-17924-30-2691
11/17/2018SAN DIEGO ST23-14W-10L42U43-12317-24-267027-648-21-2180
11/24/2018SAN JOSE ST31-13W-31.5L52U36-19820-29-317222-6025-43-3071
12/1/2018@ BOISE ST19-16W2W51U33-11820-32-170255-22515-31-1251
12/15/2018*ARIZONA ST            
ARIZONA ST: While college football writers have made it clear that they don't care for the bluster of new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards, athletes seem to feel differently: Herm crushed it on signing day despite getting a late start on recruiting. Of course, actually coaching is another matter, and analysts are right to have questions about Herm's ability to do so after a decade out of the game. Quarterback Manny Wilkins gets all his receiving weapons back including stud N'Keal Harry, but significant talent leaves at almost every other position'on both sides of the ball. Plus, the schedule is brutal.
FRESNO ST: A lot can change in a year. Last August, the Bulldogs were hoping to at least quadruple their 2016 win total (one) as Jeff Tedford took over as head coach. This year, suffice to say that expectations are much higher: Tedford's team won a stunning 10 games in his first year at the helm, and Fresno now has its eyes on a possible conference title run as much of that squad returns. Quarterback Marcus McMaryion holds a 9-2 record as a starter, and 1,000-yard wideout KeeSean Johnson returns as McMaryion's favorite target. The defense brings back its eight leading tacklers.
Edwards, Arizona St. young at heart vs. No. 21 Fresno St.

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards is taking advantage of the extra game Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl presents by making sure his youngest players get valuable experience against No. 21 Fresno State.

The Bulldogs, the Mountain West Conference champions at 11-2, 7-1 MWC, are playing for respect against a Power 5 opponent and are striving for their first 12-win season in school history.

The pressure of winning is more on Fresno State than it is with Arizona State, which is 7-5 overall with a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Southern Division at 5-4.

"It comes with the territory," Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford said. "Our goal always is to win the game that we're playing and this happens to be a 12th one. Is that defining? I think so, for a team that has worked so hard. I think that is a great accomplishment for any program."

With NFL prospect N'Keal Harry, a junior receiver, opting to not play in the game in order to concentrate on the draft, Sun Devils freshman Geordon Porter is expected to get more snaps. Arizona State freshman running back A.J. Carter is also expected to play.

Edwards has also suggested that sophomore quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole will play depending on how the game develops in what will be the final college appearance for senior signal-caller Manny Wilkins.

The Sun Devils already play an abundance of freshmen on defense -- with six seeing plenty of action this season. One of them is linebacker Merlin Robertson, the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year who has team-highs with 77 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Edwards himself is acting young by saying he can't wait to stop for milkshakes on the team's bus ride to Las Vegas. Arizona State opted to take to the road on six buses for the six-hour trip to Las Vegas rather than fly, although the team will take an airplane back to Phoenix after the game.

"I don't know if it's 'Johnson Family Vacation' or not, but we're going to make a few stops," Edwards said. "I'm really excited about the milkshakes (stop) to be quite honest. I know exactly what kind I'm getting. They get strawberry, vanilla or chocolate. I've got a special one coming. They're going to want the one I have.

"It's like anything, if you make it fun. The Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (spanning the Colorado River) we're going to cross, I think that's important. They're really excited about going now. I've been talking it up for a week. When you do something like this, it just brings your team closer together. I like doing stuff like this."

Edwards is understandably enjoying the moment after a nerve-wracking, yet successful, first season with Arizona State. In the Sun Devils' last 11 games, nine have been decided by seven points of fewer.

Arizona State had Harry through all of that. How much the Sun Devils and Wilkins miss Harry's 73 catches for 1,088 yards remains to be seen. They still have All-Pac-12 first-team selection Eno Benjamin at running back. He rushed for 1,524 yards at 5.5 yards per carry with 12 touchdowns.

"I've seen a little bit through the year of the stuff that they've done in highlights," Tedford said of Arizona State. "They're very explosive. They've played a lot of difficult games and won their share for sure -- they're a really good football team."

Tedford is familiar with coaching against the Sun Devils dating to his days as California's coach.

Another bit of familiarity is Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion, who transferred from Oregon State after starting seven games with the Beavers as a freshman and sophomore in 2015 and 2016.

McMaryion is 12th among NCAA quarterbacks in yards (3,453) and seventh in completion percentage (69.8). His favorite target, KeeSean Johnson, is tied for fourth in the NCAA in receptions (93) and eighth in yards (1,307).

The Bulldogs' combination of Ronnie Rivers and Jordan Mims have combined for 967 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Fresno State is familiar with the Sun Devils' schemes on defense as defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales is a former San Diego State assistant coach who has brought the 3-3-5 defense with him to Arizona State.

"I think it's a combination of Washington and Colorado of what they do on offense," Gonzales told the Arizona Republic. "They are a very physical football team. I think in all my times at the previous school, it was the only school that was able to match our physical stature and we had great battles with them so it's going to be a very, very good challenge.

"They are a great football team. They're ranked 21st in the country for a reason."

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