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ASU vs. Duke: Game preview and TV schedule

Everything you need to know for ASU's bowl game against Duke.

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Duke Blue Devils (9-3, 5-3 ACC) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12)

Kickoff: 12 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET

Television: CBS (Verne Lunquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Tim Healy, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Doug Franz)

Spread: ASU is currently a 7.5-point favorite

Series History: This is the first meeting between the ASU and Duke. The Sun Devils are 7-10 all-time against the ACC. The Sun Devils are 13-13-1 all-time in bowl games while Duke is just 3-7 in bowl games.

Duke's season to date: David Cutcliffe has done an outstanding job with the Duke program. Known for being a basketball school, the Blue Devils are looking for their second straight 10-win season. Although he only has a 40-47 overall record in seven seasons, over the last two seasons his team is 19-7 with an ACC Coastal division championship in 2013.

The Blue Devils started the season 4-0, with nonconference victories over Elon, Kansas, Troy and Tulane. After dropping their ACC opener to Miami, Duke rattled off four straight wins, including a 31-25 victory over eventual ACC Coastal champion Georgia Tech.

Sitting at 8-1, Duke was well on their way to another ACC title game when they dropped two straight games to Virginia Tech and North Carolina, the latter of which game by 25 points on the road. Duke ended their season with 41-21 victory over Wake Forrest.

The Blue Devils beat just one team that finished 2014 with a winning record.

ASU on offense: Despite being benched in the third quarter against rival Arizona, Taylor Kelly will start the Sun Bowl against Duke, which will be his final game as a Sun Devil. In nine games this year, Kelly has thrown for 1,874 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Kelly will be without second team All-Pac-12 center Nick Kelly for the Sun Bowl. Kelly, one of ASU's best linemen, was injured in the first quarter against Arizona and Stephen McCray will likely fill in at center. The Sun Devils average 37 points per game and average nearly six yards per play.

Going up against the Sun Devils will be a Duke defense that ranks 21st in the country in points allowed per game. Duke will employ a 4-2-5 defense against the Sun Devils. It is a look that the Sun Devils have seen before and Mike Norvell mentioned Utah has a similar look.

The Blue Devils give up 196.3 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 13th in the ACC.

Duke has forced 21 turnovers this season and they have sacked the opposing quarterback 27 times. Safety Jeremy Cash leads Duke in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (5.5) he also ranks third on the team with 103 total tackles.

Linebacker David Helton leads the team with 125 total tackles. Helton recently beat out Taylor Kelly for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes academic success, football performance and leadership. It is also known as the Academic Heisman.

ASU on defense: It was an up-and-down regular season for Arizona State on defense. The Achilles heel for the Sun Devils has been big plays. Over the course of the season, ASU gave up 9 plays of over 60 yards, only two teams in the nation allowed more. Five of those plays have come in the past three games.

The Duke offense starts with quarterback Anthony Boone. The senior signal caller has thrown for 2,507 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 455 yards and five touchdowns.

The Blue Devils feature four running backs who totaled at least 400 rushing yards, including Boone. Shaquille Powell leads Duke with 105 carries but Shaun Wilson leads the Blue Devils with 596 yards, averaging eight yards per carry.

The biggest playmaker for the Duke offense is receiver Jamison Crowder, who tallied 942 receiving yards on 78 catches with six touchdowns. As a team, Duke has 20 receiving touchdowns and 24 rushing touchdowns, with 11 different players scoring touchdowns this season.

Duke's offensive line is one of the best unit's in the ACC. They have allowed just 13 sacks this season and are led by All-American guard Laken Tomlinson, who is one of the best guard prospects for the upcoming NFL draft.

Key Matchups

Duke WR Jamison Crowder vs. ASU Secondary: Duke is a very balanced offense and Crowder is their biggest threat. He averages 12.1 yards per catch and has the speed to run away from ASU defenders. Containing Crowder and stopping big plays is going to be crucial for ASU.

ASU QB Taylor Kelly vs. Duke SS Jeremy Cash: The Duke defender is an All-American and one of the best secondary players in the country. He is one of those players who is always around the football. Aside from his 103 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, Cash has forced four fumbles, broken up seven passes, and recorded two interceptions.

ASU running backs vs. Duke defense: The Blue Devils struggle to stop the run this season. Duke surrendered 202 rushing yards to Kansas, 231 yards to Tulane, 358 yards to Pittsburgh and 316 yards on the ground to North Carolina.

The only team Duke held below 100 yards on the ground was Wake Forrest, who finished last in the nation in rushing. ASU has to be able to run the football on one of the worst rushing defenses in the nation.

Special Teams: While ASU is good in the special teams aspect of the game, Duke excels at it. The Blue Devils have scored three touchdowns on special teams this year, including a 99-yard kickoff return by DeVon Edwards. Crowder averages 10.1 yards per punt return and Duke's Ross Martin is 18-20 on field goals and 46-46 on extra points this year.

Punter Will Monday averages 43.4 yards per punt and was a first team All-ACC selection. Duke ranks fifth in the nation in kickoff returns (25.1 per return) and they lead the ACC in punt return average (11.2 yards). Special teams can change swing momentum and ASU has to be precise with the coverage units.

Final Breakdown

Arizona State is the better team, but in bowl season it is often the team that comes in more motivated that pulls out the victory (see 2013 Holiday Bowl). Duke has not won a bowl game in 53 years and they have not beaten at top-15 team under David Cutciffe.

The key for Arizona State on offense is run the football and do not make too many mistakes. On defense, avoid big plays and contain Boone. Like many duel-threat quarterbacks, Boone is dangerous when the play breaks down.

It is always tough to predict bowl games, but ASU looks to be determined to get their 10th victory and send out their seasons on a high note.

Prediction: ASU 38, Duke 24