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2016 Cactus Bowl Betting Preview - West Virginia Favored Over Arizona State

The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl takes place on Saturday, January 2, and features the West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The game at Chase Field is scheduled to kick off at 10:15 PM ET, and can be seen on ESPN. Currently, West Virginia is a slight favorite to win.

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The Mountaineers are 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS so far this season. Three of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other nine going UNDER. They are coming off of a 24-23 loss to Kansas State, where they lost against the spread as -6 ½ point road favorites. The total went UNDER the 54 point line set by sport gambling experts for that game.

The Sun Devils are 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS overall this year. Five of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other seven all going UNDER. They are coming off of a 48-46 loss to California, where they won against the spread as 3 ½ point road underdogs. The total went OVER the 67 ½ point line set by the college football gambling pros in that one.

West Virginia is 5-2 ATS in non-conference games, and 1-4 ATS coming off of a loss spreadwise. They are 1-4 ATS at a neutral site, and 1-5 ATS in bowl games lately. They are 0-4 ATS after a SU loss. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of their last 9 after a SU loss, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 games in January. The total has gone UNDER in 9 of their last 11 after a loss spreadwise, and UNDER in 17 of their last 21 games overall. The total has gone UNDER in 9 of their last 12 in non-conference play, and OVER in 7 of their last 10 bowl games.

Arizona State is 1-6 ATS in bowl games, and 0-4 ATS when playing non-conference opponents. They are 0-4 ATS playing at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their games after a win spreadwise, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 against teams with a winning record. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 bowl games, and UNDER in 6 of their last 8 at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 7 games overall, and UNDER in 4 of their last 5 after a SU loss.

These teams have never met before. For Saturday's Cactus Bowl, West Virginia is listed in the betting odds as a -2 point favorite. The over/under is set at 63 ½ points. On the moneyline, the Mountaineers are a -130, while the Sun Devils are listed at +110.