It is hard to believe this is the final game of the season for the Sun Devils. The season no longer has a fairytale ending after the Devils lost to the Oregon Beavers on Saturday.
Even though the Sun Devils will still most likely get a bowl game, it will be meaningless in comparison to the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl.
So, that means the most important game of the season is yet again the Territorial Cup against the Arizona Wildcats. This rivalry has spanned across decades, making it the longest rivalry in college football history.
The first game between the two took place on November 30, 1899. They have played each other a total of 94 times with Arizona leading the series, winning 49 games. But Arizona State holds the current winning streak, winning the last four years. And last year was one for the books. The Devils dominated winning 70 to 7.
Will it be a repeat this year? The Wildcats do continue to struggle, with only one win under their belt this season. But when it comes to college football, especially rivalry games, anything can happen. Sun Devil fans just better hope that Arizona State doesn’t get cocky since they are highly favored and end up blowing it. Side note for sports bettors: Arizona State is 4-6-0 against the spread this year.
- Spread: -19.5 Arizona State / +19.5 Arizona
- Total: 52.5
- Moneyline: -1100 Arizona State / +700 Arizona
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Arizona Wildcats Preview (1-10)
There isn’t much to say about the Arizona Wildcats this season. Arizona is coming off another loss, this time to WSU. With a 1-10 record and ending the season not bowl eligible, beating the Devils is the only thing on the minds of the Wildcats.
During last year’s Territorial Cup, current Arizona quarterback Will Plummer was one of three quarterbacks who hit the field. He finished the game completing seven out of 13 passes for 83 yards. The Wildcats scored only one touchdown but were able to rack up a total of 350 yards.
Arizona ended the game with a total of three interceptions and four fumbles. The seven turnovers are what ultimately hurt Arizona as they couldn’t keep up with Arizona State’s 486 total yards. On top of that, the Devils didn’t turn the ball over once.
Arizona State Sun Devils Preview (7-4)
Arizona State needs to shake off their loss to the Badgers, where penalties (ten to be exact) once again hurt them. Does it come down to bad coaching? Is it time to part ways with head coach Herm Edwards? It will really depend on how they handle Arizona.
The Sun Devils are hoping to demolish the Wildcats like they did last year, getting the victory and racking up 70 points. In that game, Jayden Daniels completed all but two passes for a total of 203 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Rachaad White ran all over the Arizona defense, finishing with 133 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. With the season White has been having, it is quite possible he will put up those numbers again.
But White wasn’t the only one shining on the offense. Curtis Hodges had 74 reception yards and a touchdown. The best part of the win was DJ Taylor’s 100-yard kick turn for a TD.
After last year’s performance and how this season has panned out, it is no surprise the Arizona State Sun Devils are favored by double digits against the Wildcats. Even if the Sun Devils don’t win by double digits, they SHOULD have no problem winning their fifth Territorial Cup in a row.
How To Watch The Territorial Cup
- Date: Saturday, November 27
- Time: 2:00 PM AZ
- Location: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ
- TV: Pac-12 Network