Cactus Bowl First Look: Arizona State vs. West Virginia

    A first look at the Cactus Bowl matchup between the Arizona State Sun Devils and West Virginia Mountaineers.

    December 6, 2015


    The 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl will feature a matchup between the Arizona State Sun Devils and West Virginia Mountaineers.


    Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Broadcast Info

    Date: Saturday, January 2
    Time: 10:15 pm ET
    Network: ESPN
    Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ 

    After winning 10 games in each of the past two seasons, this isn’t how Arizona State drew up 2015

    The Sun Devils were talking titles in the preseason, with the personnel seemingly to back it up. However, it was obvious right from the outset that the 2015 edition wasn’t quite as capable as Todd Graham’s first three teams in Tempe. ASU opened with a loss to Texas A&M, largely struggled against decent opponents and didn’t become bowl eligible until beating Arizona on Nov. 21. A losing season would be a whole other level of disappointment, so there’ll be plenty of motivation for the Devils to close the frustrating year with a win.

    West Virginia Found Its Niche

    Either West Virginia is the best of the bottom part of the Big 12, or the worst of the top half. The Mountaineers’ biggest issue was that they couldn’t come up with the one win needed over a better team, losing to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU. All the victories were expected, with the 31-26 win over Texas Tech turning out to be the dividing line between the upper and lower divisions of the Big 12, but it still turned out to be a good year. One a five game winning streak, the bowl matters to prove the 2015 team really was that good, even if it wasn’t really that great.

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