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Sun Devils vs Wildcats Betting Matchup Report

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The Arizona State Sun Devils haven't won a conference championship or played in the Rose Bowl since Jake the Snake was working his magic almost 20 years ago.

ASU has already clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game, and can now secure home-field advantage for that contest with a win over rival Arizona Saturday night in Tempe.

In their second season under head coach Todd Graham the Sun Devils are playing in their first Pac-12 championship game, after winning at UCLA Saturday 38-33 victory, hanging on for the cover as field-goal favorites.

Arizona, meanwhile, is coming off a huge win of its own, a 42-16 demolition of Oregon Saturday.

In the early betting Arizona State, which rallied to beat the Wildcats last year in Tuscon 41-34, was favored by 12 points for this year's battle for the Territorial Cup, according to Bovada.

The Sun Devils currently sport a record of 9-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-5 ATS. The Wildcats are 7-4 and 5-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Sun Devils post a 8-3 over under record this season, while the Wildcats have gone 3-8 against the number.

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The Wildcats were listed as 13.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Sun Devils at No. 9 and the Wildcats at No. 34 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 44-40 result in favor of the Sun Devils.

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 42-16 winner as they battled Oregon at home. Arizona covered in the match as a 18.5-point underdog, while 58 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Sun Devils grabbed a Week 13 victory over the Bruins in their last game, winning 38-33 at Rose Bowl.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona State's No. 10-ranked offense (41.91 PPG) against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 29 at 21.64 PPG. The Sun Devils passing attack has averaged 286.45 yards per game, more than the Wildcats give up through the air (232 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Wildcats feature the league's No. 69-rated road run defense, allowing 183.4 yards per game. Arizona State, meanwhile, ranks No. 38 in rushing offense at home.

A few Wildcats at Sun Devils trends to consider:
Arizona is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Arizona State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Arizona State's last 13 games
Arizona State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home