Week nine of college football continues as #24 Arizona State travels to the Rose Bowl to play against UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 P.M. This will be the 36th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Sun Devils beat the Bruins at home by a score of 31-28.
Arizona State Looks To Remain In Top 25Arizona State enters this game with a solid 5-2 record and a spot in the AP Top 25 rankings. However, it got embarrassed on the road last week against Utah and lost by 18 points. Now, Arizona State has to play another conference road game as it will look to move to 3-2 in Pac-12 games. There is also added pressure for this game since the Sun Devils will go back to being unranked with another loss. However, UCLA is a much worse team that Utah so perhaps Arizona State will find a way to leave this conference road game with a victory.
Leading the Sun Devils offensively will be junior running back Eno Benjamin who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has 633 rushing yards along with seven rushing touchdowns. In addition, he also has 185 receiving yards along with two receiving touchdowns. Benjamin has been consistently great over the course of his college career and he will look to score multiple times against UCLA's below-average defense.
Arizona State's biggest threat on defense is sophomore safety Aashari Crosswell who has been amazing so far this season. So far this season, he has 24 solo tackles has also forced a team-high three fumbles. In addition, he also has one interception and seven passes defended. With an uptempo offense up next, Crosswell should be able to make a lot of potentially game-changing plays.
UCLA Looks For Keep Its Bowl Game Hopes AliveChip Kelly has the Bruins in awful form headed into this game. Specifically, UCLA is one of the worst teams in the conference entering this game as it has a 2-5 record. However, it did manage to win last week against Stanford on the road by the score of 34-16. Now, UCLA gets to return home for another conference game as it will look to build off of last week's performance. The Bruins have not been eliminated from bowl game contention yet so a victory here would drastically increase their odds of making a bowl game.
Leading the Bruins offensively will be sophomore quarterbackDorian Thompson-Robinson who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,435 passing yards along with 13 passing touchdowns. In addition, he also has 141 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. However, he has also turned the ball over a lot with seven interceptions so he will need to do a better job limiting turnovers moving forward.
The @DoriansTweets + @kylephilips17 connection was working all night. 🤝— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) October 18, 2019
The duo combined for 3️⃣ of UCLA’s 4️⃣ touchdowns on the night as the Bruins cruised past Stanford in Palo Alto. pic.twitter.com/378EtO9u5w
UCLA's biggest threat on defense is senior linebackerKrys Barnes who has been amazing so far this season. So far this season, he has 47 tackles which are the most on the team and he has also forced one fumble. In addition, he also has been very solid in coverage as he has a team-high five passes defended. Last week, Barnes had 0.5 sacks and five tackles against Stanford as he helped hold Stanford to just 16 points.
- Sun Devils are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.
- Sun Devils are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.
- Bruins are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.