Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State Best Bets Analysis & Picks
According to the best betting sites, the Badgers are strong favorites over the Sun Devils in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Wisconsin Badgers (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) have gone 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their past seven bowl games. The Badgers will attempt to win another bowl in the Las Vegas Bowl when they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-4, 5-7).
The betting line at the best online sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Bowl has been steady since the Badgers opened as seven-point favorites. The total has settled in at 42 points. That is a bit down from its opening line of 43 points. Arizona State is 5-12 ATS in its past 17 games played in December.
Wisconsin vs. Arizona State Las Vegas Bowl Odds
|Arizona State||+7 ( -115 )||41½ ( -110 )||+230|
|Wisconsin||-7 ( -105 )||41½ ( -110 )||-270|
Betting Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers are favored by the best betting sites. They are 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS through early October and late November. That was prior to having their winning streak ended in a 23-13 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Wisconsin opened the season with a 1-3 SU and ATS record although they were favored at home in all three losses to Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan. After they allowed 41 points against the Fighting Irish and 38 points against the Wolverines. The Badgers surrendered only 11.9 points per game in their last 12 games.
A top notch rushing game and defense has been Wisconsin’s modus operandi during the Paul ‘Jesus H.’ Chryst tenure. This year was no exception despite the slow start. The Badgers were ranked 15th in the nation in rushing with 215.4 yards per game. They ranked sixth in scoring defense. They allowed 16.4 points per game. The team’s 240.8 total yards allowed per game is No. 1 in the country.
Betting Arizona State Sun Devils
ASU is the underdog on the best betting sites. Arizona State finished the regular season on a 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS record. This was after they lost consecutive games against the Utah Utes and Washington State Cougars in October.
Senior running back Rachaad White played a big role in all three of those wins. He rushed for 202 yards and three TDs against USC. 184 yards and two TDs against Washington. And 98 yards and a TD against rival Arizona.
White will have another big outing in the Las Vegas Bowl to give the Sun Devils a shot to upset. Jayden Daniels has had a slow year with just 2,221 passing yards, 10 TD passes and picks. The junior quarterback passed for 2,943 yards with 17 TDs and just two interceptions in 2019.
Running backs Rachaad White and DeaMonte Trayanum, cornerbacks Chase Lucas and Jack Jones, and offensive lineman Dohnovan West will miss the bowl game for several reasons. White has decided to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Trayanum entered the transfer portal. As a result, redshirt freshman Daniyel Ngata will see more playing time after he recorded 286 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick
Wisconsin’s recent bowl success can be chalked up to the fact that there’s not a lot opposing teams can do to counter a great defense and running game. The Badgers need to play to their strengths in the Las Vegas Bowl to have a shot to win and cover the point spread.
Wisconsin has scored only 25.8 points per game this season. They have received disappointing quarterback play from Graham Mertz. He has only nine TD passes to 10 picks in 2021. If the Sun Devils turn it up a notch on defense, this could be a low-scoring game in which the +7 spread becomes a key factor.