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NCAA Bowl Preview 2015/16: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

This game is not only the final game of the day, it is the final Bowl game of Bowl season. With only the National Championship left on the c


This game is not only the final game of the day, it is the final Bowl game of Bowl season. With only the National Championship left on the college football schedule, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Arizona State Sun Devils. West Virginia’s season has been very up and down. They started with 3 straight 40+ point games on offense and 3 wins, but they lost their next four and conceded no less than 33 points. Following that they won another 4 straight, only to lose in the season finale. They’ll be looking to get back to winning ways to finish 8-5 and win their first Bowl since the 2011 season. When this team has won, the offense has been hot, when they have lost it hasn’t been. Overall, they rank 28th in yards per game (463 YPG), 59th in passing yards per game (228.1 PYG), 14th in rushing yards per game (235.3 RYG) and 41st in points per game (33.3 PPG). Defensively, they rank 55th in total yards (386 YPG), 63rd in passing (222.8 PYG), 60th in rushing (163.4 RYG) and 39th in scoring (23.2 PPG). Junior CB Daryl Worley has not yet declared for the draft, and another year in college would probably be best for ihim. Nevertheless, With senior SS Karl Joseph on the sidelines, Worley is the Mountaineers top player to watch. Stats are often overlooked by NFL scouts as to some degree they are a product of being in the right place at the right time, but one stat that is acknowledged is passes defensed (PD) and Worley leads the Big 12 in PD’s with 18. What’s more, he looks the part. He has the body of an NFL DB, he’s 6’1”, 198lbs. He is talented but his open-field tackling is not great and there are off-field concerns surrounding him. Joining Worley in trying to impress in their final Mountaineer game are; LB Nick Kwiatkoski, P Nick O’Toole, SS KJ Dillon, LS John DePalma, FB Cody Clay, OG Maquis Lucas, WR KJ Myers, LB Jared Barber, CB Terrell Chestnut, WR Jordan Thompson and DT Kyle Rose. Arizona State stumbled to a 6-6 record. At times they looked very good and capable of matching some of the better teams, but at other times they just couldn’t pull out a win when it was there for the taking. Nevertheless, they are playing to finish the season above .500 and win their second straight Bowl game. Offense is this team’s forte. They rank 23rd in total yards (474 YPG), 23rd in passing (289.1 PYG), 45th in rushing (184.8 RYG) and 37th in scoring (33.8 PPG). Defensively, though, they rank 106th in total yards (446 YPG), 127th in passing (321.7 PYG), 19th in rushing (124.4 RYG) and 97th in scoring (32.7 PPG). The Sun Devils biggest prospect is OG Christian Westerman. At 6’3”, 302lbs he is very compact. He is a little square and has shorter-than-ideal arms so he may project more as a centre in the NFL but he is still one of the standout guards in the PAC 12. Within his compact body he harbours very impressive strength and he is a brawler with a good, aggressive play style. CB Lloyd Carrington, D.J. Foster, OG Vi Teofilo, LB Antonio Longino, C Nick Kelly, QB Mike Bercovici, CB Kweishi Brown, WR Devin Lucien, DT Mo Latu and WR Gary Chambers are also looking to impress in their final games for the Sun Devils. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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