The Navy Midshipmen and Arizona State Sun Devils will square off for the first time ever when they meet in the 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday at AT&T Park.
The Sun Devils (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) are coming off a thrilling 41-34 victory over rival Arizona, and will look to cap off head coach Todd Graham's first season with the the school's first bowl win since 2005.
The Midshipmen (8-4) are also heading into the game after a big victory over their rival, as Navy beat Army 17-13 back on Dec. 8. After starting the season 1-3, the Midshipmen won seven of their last eight games.
This game will be a clash of styles, pitting Arizona State's high-powered passing attack against Navy's triple option ground game. The Sun Devils, led by sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly, are scoring 36.4 points per game on the season. Kelly has thrown for 2,772 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Seven of those nine interceptions came during a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season.
Navy is putting up 275.6 yards per game on the ground, a number that ranks sixth in the country. Three Midshipmen have at least 600 yards rushing on the season, with senior Gee Gee Greene's 765 yards leading the way. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns. Over at Sun Devils SB Nation blog House of Sparky, Ben Haber examined how Arizona State's defense could slow down Navy's prolific rushing attack.
House of Sparky also recently spoke with Sun Devils defensive coordinator Paul Randolph to help preview the upcoming game.
Game date and time
Dec. 29, 4 p.m. ET
AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.
According to OddsShark, Arizona State are 14.5-point favorites.
Game is blacked out on ESPN3, but still available on WatchESPN.
National - Touchdown Radio
Arizona State - Sun Devil IMG Radio
Navy - Navy Sports Network
Last year’s game
Illinois defeated UCLA 20-14.
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