The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off a much-needed bye week to regroup after their loss to Utah in week 7.
The loss kicked ASU out of the top 25 yet again and also pushed them out of the top spot in the Pac-12 South. Luckily for ASU, they still have a few games left to regain that top spot. They just can’t be playing as they did against Utah.
ASU hosts the Washington State Cougars to take on another Pac-12 team in week 9.
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- Spread: – 15 Arizona State/ +15 Washington State
- Total: 51.5
- Moneyline: -675 Arizona State/ +475 Washington State
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Washington State Cougars Preview (4-4)
The Washington State Cougars are going through some drama with the head coach and four assistant coaches being fired recently after refusing to receive the Covid vaccine. Now the Cougars have to finish the season with serious changes to their coaching roster.
The Cougars are nowhere near the top of the Pac-12 North standings. But any game against a Pac-12 opponent can come down close. ASU will need to play tough defense to limit the Cougars’ passing yards. I am not too worried about the Cougars’ run game or defense.
They lost to BYU in week 8 19 to 21 but giving them a run for this money. After quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns in week 7 against Stanford, he had a shaky game against BYU throwing for 257 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Max Borghi has been putting up impressive numbers with over 80 yards rushing in the last two games and three touchdowns against BYU.
The defense was able to bring the pressure in the Stanford win, so that is something ASU needs to take note of to protect Daniels.
Arizona State Sun Devils Preview (5-2)
Jayden Daniels has not been a disappointment. He was the only one to really show up in the loss against Utah, throwing for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown. For the season so far, Daniels has thrown for 1,506 yards and only three interceptions, leaving him with an impressive 73.5 percent quarterback rating.
The Utes shut down the Devils’ offense, with Rachaad White and DeaMonte Trayanum to less than 60 yards each and no touchdowns. Tight end Curtis Hodges had 74 yards and one touchdown. ASU racked up only 148 rushing yards, which is not the best for a team with a strong run game.
The 13 penalties also hurt the Devils and their ability to convert on third down, converting only four of 12. But if the Devils can play like they have been the rest of the season, they should have no problem taking down the Cougars.
This is one of only a few games left for the Devils. After week 9, they have USC, Washington, Oregon State, and the U of A. All of these games are winnable for the Sun Devils, giving them a good chance of winning the Pac-12 Championship. BetMGM has ASU at +135.