You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
– This bowl game has to figure out how to be played on a different day, because it simply doesn’t exist in the abyss of other games. It’s been the biggest issue in the game’s short history, and triple the concerns this year. It’s a good, fun matchup, it’s in a good location, and it features teams that try, but it’s lost on CBS Sports Network just before the College Football Playoff starts up.
The Chick-fil-A Peach and Belk are going to both going to be in the second quarter as this starts up, and most of the world will be caring about that Cotton Bowl CFP semifinal of Notre Dame vs. Clemson just as this is closing up shop.
– Arkansas State is the answer to a phenomenal trivia question. The last team to beat UCF was … yeah. The Red Wolves destroyed Scott Frost’s team in a shocking Cure Bowl played in Orlando. Making that even more of an aberration, the Red Wolves have gone 1-3 since winning the 2013 GoDaddy over Ball State, with all four games under head coach Blake Anderson. ASU has been a problem in bowl games, but …
– Nevada has been one of the nation’s worst bowl programs for a long, long time. The win in a rematch over Colorado State in the inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl broke a three-game losing streak. Before that 2015 victory, the Wolf Pack went 1-7 over their previous eight bowls, with the lone victory helped by Colin Kaepernick in a special season.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl?
Up until the loss to UNLV, Nevada’s four losses – at Vanderbilt, at Toledo, Boise State, Fresno State – were totally forgivable. Against Arkansas State, losing would be a disaster.
It should be a bit of a firefight between two terrific offenses with two veteran quarterbacks. The pass rush on both sides will be great, there will be plenty of big plays, and this might just turn out to be the best game on a massive day of games. The Nevada defense will be stronger – ASU will go on long enough scoring droughts to be a problem.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Nevada 34, Arkansas State 27
Line: Arkansas State -2, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
– CFN Confidence Pool
5: Being in the bar already
0: Watching ball drop … and then trying to get into the bar
Must See Rating: 2.5
5: New Year’s Eve: Ministry of Sound, London
1: New Year’s Eve: Times Square, New York