This evaluation has obviously been effected pretty dramatically after the news that N’Keal Harry won’t be playing in the Las Vegas Bowl after declaring for the NFL Draft.
It’s a big blow for Arizona State as Harry posted 73 receptions, 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns leading to him being named All-Pac-12 First Team.
Darby and Aiyuk have been more specialized as downfield receivers with Darby totaling 421 yards this season averaging 20.0 yards per catch. Aiyuk is averaging 17.2 yards a catch (24 receptions for 413 yards).
Kyle Williams will be ASU’s leading receiver as the more short-yardage receiver posted 432 yards on 40 catches.
Head coach Herm Edwards says he’ll be relying on receivers Terrell Chatman and Curtis Hodges to step up.
For Fresno State, they will have their leading receiver in KeeSean Johnson. The senior wide out posted a team-high 93 catches, 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns this season earning him a spot on the All-Mountain West Second Team.
Joining Johnson on the All-MW Second Team was tight end Jared Rice. Rice caught 51 passes for 624 yards and three touchdowns.
Based off the absence of Harry in this game, the edge goes to Fresno State due to their deeper and more experienced group of pass catchers.
Advantage: Fresno State