Arizona Bowl Betting Preview: Ball State Cardinals vs. San Jose State Spartans – Dec. 31, 2020

The 2020 Arizona Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 31, 2020, and will feature the Ball State Cardinals and San Jose State Spartans!

The Arizona Bowl is being played at the Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 2:00 PM ET on CBS.

Arizona Bowl History

The 2020 Arizona Bowl will be in its 6th edition of the winter bowl game. The bowl was first held in 2015 and has since been held in the same location and has had the same sponsor. The Arizona Bowl is always held in Tucson, Arizona.

The following are the previous Arizona Bowl game history:

  • December 29, 2015 Nevada 28 Colorado State 23
  • December 30, 2016 Air Force 45 South Alabama 21
  • December 29, 2017 New Mexico St 26 Utah State 20
  • December 29, 2018 Nevada 16 Arkansas State 13
  • December 31, 2019 Wyoming 38 Georgia State 17

The Arizona Bowl is going to feel exactly like a championship game. This is due to both teams winning their respective conferences.

The Ball State Cardinals were the winner of the MAC, while the San Jose State Spartans were the Mountain West Champion. Indeed, this showdown should provide an exciting betting opportunity.

Ball State (6-1)

Ball State will look to make program history by winning their first ever bowl game. In fact, the Cardinals are 0-9 in all of their bowl games combined.

To close out their last game, they were a 13 point underdog against Buffalo. They prevailed on to win the conference championship with a 38-28 outing.

They average 34.3 points per game while allowing 27.6. For total yards, they average 454.1 but give up 441.7.

On offense, you can primarily see passing yards take up most of their total yards with an average of 278.1 a game. On defense, they do a solid job with allowing an average of 145.9 rushing yards each game.

San Jose State (7-0)

The San Jose State Spartans will look to close out 2020 with a resume of a Mountain West Champion, a bowl win, and staying undefeated. They are currently one third of the way there.

The 22nd ranked Spartans finished their championship run against Boise State. That game was a solid victory, as they defeated them 34-20.

They average 30.9 points per game while allowing 17.9. For total yards, they have averaged 442.9 yards per game while giving up 336.9. This shows a nice separation of their offense and what they can do on defense.

On offense, you will most likely see them pass to the open man as they average 301.3 passing yards a game. On defense, they have performed a solid job at defending against rushing with an average yard count of 109.7 yards a game.

Odds For This Event

The market has shown a slight favoritism towards San Jose State. For the spread, BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:

Ball State: +7 (-110)

San Jose State: -7 (-110)

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Looking into this matchup, there is no doubt that both of these teams are high quality. However, the odds that are presented make this game very interesting.

Ball State is no stranger to underdog status. As noted above, their matchup with Buffalo did not matter what the market thought of them.

San Jose State has been able to take care of every matchup so far this season whiteout tasting defeat. That type of dedication to perfection is something that is admirable.

Overall, this one is a coin flip depending on a few scenarios. This could become a San Jose State win, but Ball State definitely has the potential to keep it close.

That being said, this year more than any other, you must be careful with playing these games where the games are not being played for several days away due to good ole Covid-19. The fact is, we handicap these games on the basis of the information that we have at the time of publication however players get hurt in practice, players decide not to play in the bowl game and there is also a motivational factor that we need to figure out, and of course, this year we have Covid-19. We will be studying this game and reviewing the numbers several times leading up to the game.

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