Utah Utes (7-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (5-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 10, 2016, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +5.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Utah Utes will travel to play the Arizona State Sun Devils in a PAC-12 College Football game on Thursday night.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are 5-4 (2-4) this season after losing to Oregon by a score of 54-35 in their last game. Arizona State has lost 3 games in a row and has dropped to 4th place in the PAC-12 South standings. The Arizona State offense is averaging 35.7 points per game with 155.8 rushing yards and 239.3 passing yards per game. Manny Wilkins is completing 60.5% of his passes for 1421 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Arizona State. Demario Richard has rushed for 532 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Kalen Ballage has added 468 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for Arizona State. Tim White has caught 47 passes for 573 yards, while Harry K’Neal has added 35 catches for 380 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Sun Devils. The Arizona State defense is giving up 36.6 points per game with 116 rushing yards and 397.6 passing yards per game. Marcus Ball has led the Arizona State defense with 59 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception, while DJ Calhoun has added 53 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Zane Gonzalez has gone 20-21 on field goals, with a long of 59 yards.
The Utah Utes are 7-2 (4-2) this season after losing to Washington by a score of 31-24 in their last game. Utah has won 3 of their last 4 games and is currently 3rd in the PAC-12 South standings. The Utah offense is averaging 29.2 points per game with 214.2 rushing yards and 212.4 passing yards per game. Troy Williams is completing 54.6% of his passes for 1888 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Utah. Joe Williams has rushed for 758 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Zack Moss has rushed for 326 yards and 2 scores for the Utes. Tim Patrick has caught 29 passes for 501 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Evan Moeai has caught 18 passes for 257 yards and 1 touchdown for Utah. The Utah defense is giving up 22.7 points per game with 128.4 rushing yards and 237 passing yards per game. Chase Hansen has led the Utah defense with 58 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Hunter Dimick has added 38 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. Andy Phillips has gone 14-17 on field goals, with a long of 47 yards.
Utah is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 November games. The over is 4-0 in Utah’s last 4 games on grass. Arizona State is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on grass. The over is 8-1 in ASU’s last 9 games following a bye week.
Utah was on a roll before losing in heartbreaking fashion in their last game, while Arizona State has lost 3 games in a row. Utah has the defensive advantage, as Arizona State is giving up over 36 points per game. Arizona State has averaged more points per game on offense, but will face a stiff Utah defense. I like Utah to go on the road and bounce back after their loss to Washington.