Bowl Breakdown: Holiday
The Sun Devils' defense ranked among the best in the country statistically during their 8-0 start but got scorched during late-season losses to Oregon (35-23) and USC (44-24). LB
After sputtering early, the Longhorns' offense was much more powerful over the second half of the season, led by dangerous tailback
Texas' defense was a sore spot for much of the season, ranking 109th nationally against the pass, culminating in a disastrous performance in its season-ending 38-30 loss to Texas A&M. As a result, many of Texas' wins came in shootouts. The 'Horns were more effective at stuffing the run, led by future NFL defensive tackle
The Holiday Bowl has a history of high-scoring affairs, and this one should be no exception, as neither defense seems capable of shutting down the other's offense. ASU will likely try to keep the score down with a ball-control approach, but Texas' run defense is strong enough to limit its effectiveness. Some big plays from McCoy along with an anticipated huge night from Charles will ultimately do in the Sun Devils.