Betting line favors Wildcats over Sun Devils
Arizona State Sun Devils vs Arizona Wildcats Odds
In the annual fight for the Territorial Cup 7-4 Arizona and 6-5 Arizona State get it on Friday night in Tuscon (10 pm ET, ESPN).
In the early betting the Wildcats, going to a bowl in their first season under Coach Rich-Rod, were favored by 2.5 points over the Sun Devils, who are probably going to a bowl in their first season under Coach Graham.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Sun Devils in this one found them as 3-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Wildcats - Sun Devils odds would favor the Sun Devils if the lines were set according to power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 63 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Sun Devils sit at No. 31. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 45-36 win for the Sun Devils.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 22-ranked offense (37.5 PPG) against a Sun Devils defense that ranks No. 35 at 23.1 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 297 yards per game, more than the Sun Devils give up through the air (174.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Sun Devils feature the league's No. 43-rated road run defense, allowing 148.4 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Arizona State was a 46-7 winner at home against Washington State. They covered the 22-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (53) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Washington State didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Sun Devils as Arizona State blasted them 46-7 in Week 12 action.
Arizona won its last outing, a 34-24 result against Utah on November 17. Arizona covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 58 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Ka'Deem Carey tore up the turf for 204 rushing yards in the latest Wildcats game, a 34-24 win over the Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Arizona State Sun Devils Trends:
When playing in November are 2-8
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 4-6
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Sun Devils at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona State's last 7 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona State's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona State's last 9 games on the road
Arizona State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing Arizona State
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games