Game Preview - Beavers underdogs vs Sun Devils at Arizona State
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The Arizona State Sun Devils haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1997, but they lead the Pac-12's South Division and are just a couple victories away from playing in the conference championship game.
This week ASU will try to get one step closer to a division title when it hosts the Oregon State Beavers Saturday night in Tempe (9:30 pm ET, Pac-12 Network).
At 5-1 in conference play the Devils lead the South by a game over UCLA and USC. Arizona State had also hit the 50-point mark three games in a row, but had to rally to beat Utah Saturday 20-19.
Oregon State, meanwhile, after winning six games in a row, has lost its last two. But it's also won four of the last five games in this series.
In the early wagering the Sun Devils were favored by 14 points over the Beavers.
The Sun Devils currently sport a record of 7-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-4 ATS. The Beavers are 6-3 and 4-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Sun Devils post a 7-2 over under record this season, while the Beavers have gone 5-4 against the number.
Several shops tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -13.5 in favor of the home side. NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 8-rated Sun Devils and the No. 32-rated Beavers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 48-40 win for the Sun Devils on Saturday.
Oregon State lost its last outing, a 31-14 result against Southern Cal on November 1. Oregon State failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 45 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Marion Grice ran through the Utah defense for 136 yards in Arizona State's last game, handing the Utes a 20-19 setback on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona State's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 43.67 PPG, against a Beavers defense that ranks No. 74 this week at 27.78 PPG. The Sun Devils aerial game is averaging 304.78 yards per game, more than the Beavers secondary allows through the air, 243.33 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Beavers feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 130.5 yards per game. Arizona State, meanwhile, ranks No. 31 in rushing offense at home.
A few Beavers at Sun Devils trends to consider:
Oregon State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Oregon State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oregon State's last 6 games on the road
Oregon State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Arizona State
Arizona State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arizona State's last 11 games
Arizona State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Oregon State at Washington, Saturday, November 23rd
Arizona State at UCLA, Saturday, November 23rd