December 30, 2013

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Ball State Preview and Pick

The day before the BCS National Championship game, there will be one more game to be played as Arkansas State will go up against Ball State in the Go Daddy.com bowl which will be played at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Ball State Preview

The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with Ball State listed as (-8) point favorites. That betting line would not last long as over 65 percent of the public decided to drop this number and bet on Ball State. This caused a shift in the college football point spread and they bowl line can now be found with Ball state laying nine points at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

Arkansas State has had plenty of success in recent years and is no stranger to bowl games, but they can never seem to hold on to their coaches. Bryan Harsin led the RedWolves to a 7-5 campaign and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in his only season on the Arkansas State sideline before leaving to accept the head coaching job at Boise State on Dec. 11. The team hired North Carolina’s Blake Anderson to takeover next season, but until that happens it will leave a void for this team who should be used to losing their lead man. The latest college football betting trends indicate that they have a chance to win this game or at least cover the spread. The Red Wolves are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a win against the spread and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games when they are facing a team with a winning record.

Ball State comes into this game with one mission, to play well in a bowl game. After recording 10 wins for the third time in school history, the Cardinals have their sights set on improving on a 0-7-1 bowl record. After a 38-17 loss to Central Florida in last season’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Ball State has been outscored 135-60 in its last three bowl appearances. The Cardinals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Ball State Pick

The coaching change won’t bother the Red Wolves as they will play tough in this outing. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and they will stumble in a bowl game once again.

Arkansas State +9