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#209 Arizona State -3 vs.
#210 UCLA 55.5
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Written by Scott Reichel

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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 25

Arizona 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 Alive

Chip 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.

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.

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In a game with two uneven teams, I have to take the road favorite in this one. Simply put, Arizona State has one of the best defenses in the entire conference and I think that UCLA should have a lot of issues scoring on this defense on Saturday. Meanwhile, UCLA's defense has struggled for the majority of the season and I can see Benjamin having a big night on the ground for Arizona State. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Arizona State -3.5

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With Arizona State's style of play, I have to take the under. This team loves to run the ball and play extremely physical defense which should lead to less points in this game. UCLA tends to score on big plays and I think that Arizona State will be well prepared to combat that. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 27-20 so I will take the under.

Prediction: Under 55.5

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I think that Arizona State will come out in this game with the intent on making a statement from opening kickoff onward. Arizona State got embarrassed last week offensively and I think that it will play a lot better offensively in the first half of this game as a result. In addition, UCLA's offense has been inconsistent so I expect it to struggle early on adjusting to Arizona State's physicality on defense early on. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Arizona State 1H -2.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.