Free College Football Pick: Arizona State at Arizona 12-02-2010

December 2, 2010

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Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Wildcats

Thursday December 2nd, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Arizona -6

Overview:

There is nothing in sports like a good rivalry. Typically, Arizona St. has reigned supreme in football and Arizona has held the Sun Devils in check on the basketball court. The schools have recently switched roles. This year, Arizona is ranked #23 in the nation with a 7-4 record. Their cross state rivals, the Sun Devils, have lost four games this season by less than five points, giving them a 5-6 record on the year.

Keys to the Game:

  • Arizona St. is involved in close games consistently. They had a number of turnovers and still were within striking distance against Oregon. The fact that this is a rivalry game makes it even more likely that this will be a close matchup. Even against #6 Stanford, ASU held their own. They have played three ranked opponents and covered each time.
  • Arizona has to get their pass game going. They can run the ball, but when they pass the ball effectively they are dangerous. That being said, launching an air show won’t be good enough to knock of ASU. Nick Foles is averaging 50 passes a game over the past three games and the Wildcats are 0-3 in that span.
  • Brock Osweiler is better for ASU than Steven Threet. Osweiler tossed four touchdowns, but what was more impressive than that were his zero interceptions. Threet’s 16 interceptions have been instrumental in leading the Sun Devils to a losing team. If Osweiler can limit turnovers in this appearance, ASU will likely come away with a victory.

Wrap Up:

U of A looks out of sorts. They played three heavy hitters in the PAC-10, but they are a ranked team themselves and probably expected more of themselves. ASU has shown they aren’t intimidated by anyone. They aren’t there yet, but they keep games competitive and will not be blown away in this one. I think they will win outright, and any loss will come by a close margin.

Free NCAA Pick: Arizona St. +6


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