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’Noles: Sun Bowl underdogs vs. Arizona State

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Vegas likes the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl.

NCAA Football: Arizona at Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After losing its first meeting with Arizona State in 1971, Florida State has defeated the Sun Devils three consecutive times, most recently in 1984. The Seminoles have had less fortune at the Sun Bowl, having lost their only two appearances there, in 1954 and 1966.

And with the teams’ meeting in the desert looming, the professional handicappers in the desert think the latter streak is more likely to continue than the former. ASU opened as 4.5-point favorites over the ’Noles, and that number has since increased to 5.5. The over/under for this game is presently set at 55.5 points, meaning Vegas forecasts a score of around 31-25.

This is a near flip from the team’s regular-season averages, as the Seminoles averaged 29.1 PPG with Arizona State at 25.2. ASU finished at 7-5 and 41st in SP+ rankings, while FSU played to an even 6-6 and is 57th prior to the team’s postseason clash.

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Would you bet on FSU, getting 5.5 points vs. Arizona State?

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