Colorado Buffaloes (5-4) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to Sun Devil Stadium to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Colorado Buffaloes improved to 5-4 (2-4 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears 44-28, this past Saturday. Colorado jumped all over the Golden Bears early in this one and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 27-14 halftime lead. The Buffaloes outgained the Golden Bears by a 553-435 margin and held California to just 61 rushing yards. Leading the way for Colorado was QB Steven Montez who completed 20 of 26 passes for 347 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Buffaloes are averaging 27.8 ppg on 416.9 total yards per game (245.4 passing yds/g; 171.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado is led by RB Philip Lindsay who has 10 TD’s on the season while averaging 139.3 rushing yds/g on 26.7 att/g. QB Steven Montez has completed 63.3% of his passes on the season for 15 TD and 6 INT while averaging 228.8 passing yds/g. The Buffaloes receivers are led by Bryce Bobo (5.0 rec/g, 53.9 yds/g, 5 TD), Shay Fields (4.3 rec/g, 54.6 yds/g, 3 TD), and Devin Ross (3.4 rec/g, 46.6 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 25.0 ppg on 423.4 total yards per game (244.3 passing yds/g; 179.1 rushing yds/g). The Buffaloes have forced 14 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.
The Arizona State Sun Devils dropped to 4-4 (3-2 PAC-12) on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked USC Trojans 48-17, this past Saturday. Arizona State had no answers for the rushing attack of the Trojans and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 31-10 margin. The Sun Devils were outgained the Trojans by a 607-357 margin and allowed USC to rush for 341 yards. Leading the way for Arizona State was QB Manny Wilkins who completed 17 of 29 passes for 259 yards and a TD. On the season, the Sun Devils are averaging 27.9 ppg on 390.1 total yards per game (268.8 passing yds/g; 121.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona State is led by QB Manny Wilkins who has completed 65.8% of his passes on the season for 9 TD and 3 INT while averaging 262.0 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Arizona State have been N'Keal Harry (6.8 rec/g, 89.1 yds/g, 3 TD), Jalen Harvey (2.9 rec/g, 52.8 yds/g, TD), and Kyle Williams (5.1 rec/g, 58.6 yds/g, 3 TD). The Sun Devils backfield is led by Kalen Ballage (11.6 att/g, 47.3 yds/g, 5 TD) and Demario Richard (14.3 att/g, 54.1 yds/g, 5 TD). Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to an average of 30.9 ppg on 440.4 total yards per game (253.5 passing yds/g; 186.9 rushing yds/g). The Sun Devils have forced 10 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.
The Buffaloes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games however, just 3-9 TS in their last 12 games overall. The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Colorado’s offense bounced back in a big way a week after their starting QB was benched in a 28-0 loss against Washington State, however, the Buffaloes have struggled as of late losing 4 of their last 6 games. Arizona State took a step back against USC, as after beating Oregon, Washington, and Utah over the past 4 weeks, the Sun Devils defense had no answers for the USC offense. Both of these teams are hard to read as you just don’t know what you’re going to get from either side of the ball on any given week, however, I’ve been more impressed with the Sun Devils this season who have generally played well at home this year and as Colorado just doesn’t seem to perform on the road, I’m going to take Arizona State to cover this small spread.