2015 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Expect plenty of firepower in this year's Cactus Bowl. Photo Courtesy: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Facebook Page
Expect plenty of firepower in this year’s Cactus Bowl.
Photo Courtesy: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Facebook Page

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Game Info
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils
Saturday – January 2 – 9:15 pm CT
TV: ESPN
Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona

Records Before the Game
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12)

Why you shouldn’t watch this game
It’s late Saturday night and you have to get up early in the morning for church. Besides its not cool sleeping in church.

Why you should watch this game
Both teams have exciting offenses. If you blink someone might score.

How did they get here
Arizona State won six games to become bowl eligible. What’s baffling is that the Sun Devils were ranked 20th in the preseason polls but managed to win only six games. After losing to Texas A&M in the open game of the season. They never recovered. Losing to USC and dropping a game on a last second field goal to Oregon in a triple overtime game. West Virginia has won seven games this year. With wins over Kansas, Iowa State and Texas gave this team quality wins but lost heart breakers to teams they should’ve beaten easily. A string of wins opened the eyes of bowl sponsors for the Mountaineers. Most college teams don’t travel well but the Mountaineers have a huge following.

West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virgiania is led by Junior QB Skyler Howard. He is an awesome field general that will audible out of the play at the line of scrimmage. He finished the season hot in the passing game. His numbers were pretty impressive this year. He finished with 2,613 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. Look for him to spread the ball around in this contest. He has three dynamic receivers on the outside led by Shelton Gibson that caught 33 passes for 744 yards and 8 TDs. Daikiel Shorts who caught 39 passes for 431 yards and three TDs and senior Jordan Thompson anchoring the slot. Wendell Smallwood carried the ball 225 times for 1,447 and nine TDs and his running mate Rushel Shell will split carries from the running back position. This offense is dynamic.

Arizona State Sun Devils
Senior QB Mike Bercovici is a man among boys under center. His numbers are NFL numbers, he finished the season with 3,442 yards through the air with 25 touchdown passes to nine different receivers. How impressive is that? Demario Richard will start behind him at running back. He’s a power runner with finesse on the edges. He finished the year with 198 carries for 1,050 yards and seven TDs. Devin Lucien caught 57 passes for 930 and seven TDs while Tim White, D. J. Foster and Gary Chambers will see time at wide out. How can you stop this offense when it’s clicking? The answer will be on game day.

My Prediction
On a scale of burps from an ice cold Bud Light (3 being exciting). I give it a 2! The only problem that I see is that it’s a late game. Final Score: West Virginia 35 – Arizona State 31