No. 23 BYU has a chance to win consecutive games against ranked opponents when it hosts No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday night. The Cougars are coming off a 26-17 win over No. 21 Utah last week. Arizona State is off to a 2-0 start, but neither of its opponents have been notable.
Daniels leading high-powered offenseArizona State has taken care of business through the first two weeks of the season and now it is ready for the competition to ramp up. The Sun Devils opened the year with a 41-14 blowout over Southern Utah and they followed it up with a 37-10 win against UNLV last week. They knocked out the Rebels starting quarterback on a big hit in the third quarter and really took control of the game from there. This will be Arizona State’s first road game with fans in the stands since 2019, as COVID-19 restrictions kept fans out of Pac-12 stadiums last year.
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Dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels is off to a fantastic start for Arizona State. He leads the team in rushing with 165 yards on 19 carries and he is obviously the leading passer as well. Daniels has completed 30 of 41 attempts for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the pair of blowout wins. The Sun Devils totaled 290 rushing yards in the win over UNLV, led by Daniels’ 125 yards. Running back Rachaad White chipped in 90 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Daniyel Ngata added six carries for 64 yards and a score.
BYU ready for another primetime gameBYU has an interesting schedule this season. It opens the year with four straight home games (one neutral site) before going on the road for three of its following four contests. The Cougars are also facing three consecutive Pac-12 opponents. They have come away unblemished through their first two tries, beating Arizona and No. 21 Utah. The win over the Wildcats came in a contest that was played in Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend. Last week’s victory against Utah was played in Provo. BYU head coach Kilani Sitake is now 40-26 through his first five-plus seasons with the program.
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The Cougars have a chance to start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1950s if they can pick up a win on Saturday night in a game that will be televised on ESPN. Starting quarterback Jaren Hall has completed 36 of 58 passes for 347 yards and five touchdowns. He has done an excellent job of taking care of the ball, not throwing an interception against Arizona or Utah. Hall is also a dual-threat quarterback, rushing for 128 yards on 13 attempts. Wide receiver Neil Pau’u has been the top target, catching 11 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Tyler Allgeier has 196 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries.
Arizona State is:
- 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games as a favorite
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight non-conference games
- 7-0 ATS in its last seven home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog
- 9-4-1 ATS in its last 14 games following an ATS win
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There are multiple factors pointing me towards BYU in this game. One of the most obvious factors is the scheduling spot. The Cougars are playing at their home stadium for three weeks in a row, while Arizona State is going on the road for the first time this season. This is not just any road game, either. BYU has one of the best environments in the country and the crowd will be fired up for a primetime game against a ranked opponent. Arizona State has not seen a road crowd in two years. The Cougars are battle-tested after beating a pair of Pac-12 teams already, while Arizona State has had two cupcakes to open the season.
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These are two quarterbacks who are capable of creating havoc for an opposing defense. Both starters are dual-threat guys that are difficult to slow down once they get going. Arizona State’s offense has been dynamite through the first two weeks of the season, scoring at least 37 points in both games. BYU’s defense has been solid, but this will be the best offense that it has faced thus far. The Cougars are capable on offense as well, scoring 50 combined points through the first two weeks of the season. Arizona State’s defense has not faced a quality offense yet, so this is a step up in competition.