Holiday Bowl Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Dec. 29, 2013 1:39 PM ET
No. 16 Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Arizona State by 11 1/2.
Series record: Arizona State 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Arizona State can finish with 11 wins for just the second time in 38 seasons. It's also looking to break a three-game losing streak in the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech just needs a win — it finished the regular season with five straight losses, by an average of 20.6 points.
Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, a two-time Associated Press All-American and two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year against Texas Tech's uptempo offense that will start either sophomore Michael Brewer or freshman Davis Webb at quarterback. Although Sutton's four sacks and 11 1/2 tackles for loss are fewer than he had last year, he's arguably the most disruptive interior lineman in the country.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: QB Taylor Kelly, who has thrown for 3,510 yards and 28 touchdowns, and rushed for 473 yards and eight touchdowns.
Texas Tech: Webb is expected to start after Baker Mayfield announced his intention to transfer and is no longer with the team. Or will it be Brewer? Coach Kliff Kingsbury says he's notified the QBs but everyone else will have to wait until Monday night to find out. Webb started five straight games and has thrown for 2,315 yards — the same number Mayfield threw for — and 16 touchdowns.
FACTS & FIGURES
Texas Tech All-America tight end Jace Amaro comes in with 98 catches for 1,240 yards and needs 14 catches and 90 yards to break NCAA single-season records of 111 catches and 1,329 yards receiving for a tight end set by James Casey of Rice in 2008. ... Red Raiders are second in the nation with 392 passing yards per game. ... ASU RB Marion Grice probably will miss the game with a lower leg injury that kept him out of the loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game. He accounts for a significant chunk of offense, leading ASU with 996 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, and ranking third with 50 catches for 438 yards and six scores.