Arizona State football fell short of its preseason goal of reaching the “Granddaddy of Them All,” but there’s no shame in securing a primetime berth in San Diego’s storied Holiday Bowl.
Tonight’s match-up between the Pac-12 South Champion Sun Devils and their Big 12 foe, Texas Tech, promises to be entertaining, as ASU tries to secure its first 11- win season since 1996, while the Red Raiders look to reverse their fortunes after a late season skid.
ASU and Texas Tech have only met once before, with the Sun Devils winning 31-13 in 1999.
Arizona State finished the season 10-3 and ranked 14th in the BCS standings. The Sun Devils fell to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game in Tempe.
Texas Tech started the year with seven consecutive victories, but closed on a sour note, finishing outside the top 25 and sixth in the Big 12 standings.
Las Vegas bookmakers have Arizona State as a 13-point favorite. The over/under opened at 70.
Clear skies with a temperature in the low 60s at kickoff.
The Holiday Bowl, played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., has long been regarded as one of the most competitive bowl games on the Division I-A college football landscape.
In 2003, fifth-ranked Texas was knocked off by No. 15 Washington State, 28-20. In 2004, California, ranked fourth in the nation with a 10-1 record, was blown out by Texas Tech, 45–31. In 2005, a 10-1 Oregon team lost 17-14 to Oklahoma. In 2010, 17th ranked Nebraska lost to a 6-6 Washington team. In 2012, No. 17 UCLA was upset 49-19 by unranked Baylor.
Monday, Dec. 30, on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio.
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