Arizona comes in with a 1-10 overall record, including a 1-7 mark in PAC-12 play. Meanwhile, Arizona State will be trying to rebound from a tough loss on the road at Oregon State last week. The Sun Devils enter with a 7-4 overall mark, including a 5-3 record versus PAC-12 competition.
Can the Sun Devils bounce back with a win at home against Arizona on Saturday?
Wildcats fall short on the road vs. WSUArizona dropped its second consecutive game with a 44-18 loss on the road against Washington State last weekend. Quarterback Will Plummer completed 24-of-42 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while running back Drake Anderson rushed eight times for 87 yards in the loss. Arizona was outgained 482 to 369 and gave up a safety on the day.
#6 with the one-handed catch for 6 🐻⬇️ pic.twitter.com/lEPKLQe2DN— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) November 20, 2021
A 6-foot-1 freshman, Plummer was unimpressive in the team’s win over California two weeks ago. However, he’s bounced back with a pair of solid games, albeit in losses versus Utah and Washington State. For the season, the freshman has completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 1,280 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. However, he’s thrown for 445 yards with three touchdowns and only one interception over the last two games.
On defense, Arizona has surrendered a whopping 30.8 points per game, 92nd in the FBS, and 376.2 yards of total offense per contest, good for 61st in the nation. The Wildcats have been stingy against the pass, allowing only 199.5 yards per game through the air, which ranks 25th in the country. However, the defense has given up 176.6 rushing yards per contest, good for 100th in the FBS.
Sun Devils seek bounce-back effort vs. ArizonaArizona State snapped a two-game winning streak with a disappointing 24-10 loss on the road at Oregon State last week. Quarterback Jayden Daniels completed 16-of-27 passes for 166 yards with no touchdowns and one interception while adding a team-high 46 rushing yards in the loss. The Sun Devils battled back from a 17-0 halftime deficit to make a game of it in the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Favorite Territorial Cup moment? We’ll start. pic.twitter.com/kAi9CXEs8S— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) November 24, 2021
A 6-foot-3 junior, Daniels has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,135 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions so far this season. Taking care of the football has been a major issue for Daniels, especially in recent weeks. Over his last four games, the Sun Devils’ quarterback has thrown six interceptions and only two touchdowns while leading Arizona State to a 2-2 record during that span.
On defense, the Sun Devils have surrendered 21.5 points per game, 32nd in the country. Arizona State has also given up 323.0 yards of total offense per contest, good for 18th in the country, including just 186.4 passing yards per game, 15th in the FBS.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Sun Devils have more talent on both sides of the ball but it’s hard to trust Arizona State to perform up to its potential in this spot. Daniels has been struggling to close out the season and Arizona has been surprisingly stingy against the pass this year. On the other side of the ball, Plummer appears to be getting the hang of things under center. If the Wildcats’ offense can produce some points and move the football in this game, Arizona should have a chance of keeping this game interesting. Take the Wildcats to cover the spread versus in-state rival Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams are projected for only 52.5 points but that number might be set a little too low in this spot. Arizona just lost defensive coordinator Don Brown to UMass and while he will be on the sidelines this week, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Wildcats a little less prepared versus ASU. On the other hand, Arizona State has surrendered 27.8 points per game over the last five weeks, so there should be some value on the over in this game. Take this PAC-12 battle to go over the projected total in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday.