We have a late-night Pac-12 showdown in the desert on Saturday as the No. 13 Utah Utes head south to face the Arizona State Sun Devils at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ, and will air on ESPN.
Utah (2-1) smothered San Diego State for 35-7 victory last Saturday and fortunately, no nuclear reactors were detonated as a result. Quarterback Cam Rising threw for four touchdowns in the win but the story was the Utes defense, who held the Aztecs to just 173 yards of total offense for the entire game.
Arizona State (1-2) is now officially in the post-Herm Edwards era, with the school firing the head coach after last week following a 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan. The situation with Edwards had gotten so bad that people within the ASU athletic department were reportedly linking intel to get the embattled head coach fired. As for the EMU game last week, the only bright spot was running back Xazavian Valladay, who took 16 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Utah: 12th overall, 12th offense, 27th defense
Arizona State: 48th overall, 71st offense, 40th defense
No new injuries to report.
RB Deonce Elliott - Questionable (Undisclosed)
DB Ro Torrence - Questionable (Undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Utah: 2-1 ATS
Arizona State: 1-2 ATS
Utah: Over 2-1
Arizona State: Over 0-3
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Utah: 49th overall, 36th offense, 85th defense
Arizona State: 93rd overall, 119th offense, 100th defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Utah -16
Moneyline: Utah -675, Arizona State +500
Opening line: Utah -14
Opening total: 52
With Herm now gone, there’s a chance that this could be a “dead cat bounce” for the Sun Devils. I don’t think they’re talented enough to pull that off. Similar to the San Diego State game last week, this is another spot where Utah can establish a lead early and sit on the Sun Devils for the rest of the way. Take the under.
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