Las Vegas Bowl 2021

Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

Luck will have *very little* to do with this one.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)

Time: Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN

Teams: Wisconsin (8–4) versus Arizona State (8–4)

Line: Wisconsin -6.5

Summary

Well, Wisconsin is still Wisconsin.

The Badgers entered the year with higher goals than the Las Vegas Bowl, but couldn't sustain their early success (namely a big W against Iowa) to put them in contention for a Big 10 Championship — and potentially a playoff appearance. Now, they get Arizona State in their bowl matchup, lead by Jayden Daniels and 1,000-yard rusher Rachaad White. The Sun Devils, who landed 2nd overall in the PAC-12 South, seemingly do everything Wisconsin does, but just a teensy bit worse.

Still, remember this is Vegas, where everything that's just a teensy bit worse — buffets, marriages — thrives.

Our Pick

If Graham Mertz can manage this game and lean on their 1,000-yard rusher Braelon Allen, they should handle ASU with aplomb.

This game might be a bit slow, but expect Wisconsin to control it throughout. Their elite defense can control the ASU offensive attack, and their run game is enough to cover the 6.5 points and control the game.

The Score: Wisconsin wins 24-14

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Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.