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ASU’s Sun Bowl matchup ranks poorly in Sports Illustrated’s bowl rankings

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage (7) stiff-arms Arizona cornerback Lorenzo Burns in the first half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov 25, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

If you’re having trouble figuring out which college football bowl games are worth tuning in for, the folks over at Sports Illustrated have you covered.

They ranked all the bowl games in the order of how watchable they are.

Arizona State’s matchup with N.C. State did not get a good ranking, placing No. 30 out of the 37 bowl games.

The Sun Devils’ final game before the official start of the Herm Edwards era comes against an NC State team that has beaten just three teams that finished with winning records this year. The Wolfpack faithful thought this season might end somewhere a little closer to the beach than El Paso, but they have several young receivers to be excited about. Sophomores Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers and do-everything weapon Jaylen Samuels could rip off some big plays against Arizona State’s suspect defense.

You can catch the Sun Devils take on the Wolfpack on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. on CBS.

As for the Wildcats, Arizona’s showdown with Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl landed at the No. 10 spot, and you are correct in assuming sophomore sensation Khalil Tate had a fair bit to do with that ranking.

Two of the season’s great underdog stories meet in Santa Clara, as electrifying quarterback Khalil Tate and Arizona take on coach Jeff Brohm’s turnaround-in-progress at Purdue. Tate is a house call waiting to happen every time he touches the ball, and the Boilermakers have no shortage of offensive tricks up their sleeve.

The primetime matchup takes place on Dec. 27 on FOX at 6:30 p.m.

The top-three ranked bowl games were the Cotton Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Peach Bowl.

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