Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5) at Arizona Wildcats (5-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 24, 2018, 3:30 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Arizona Wildcats +2 -- Over/Under:
The Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats meet Saturday in college football action at Arizona Stadium.
The Arizona State Sun Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost four of their last five road games. Manny Wilkins is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,631 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilkins has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last eight games. N'Keal Harry and Frank Darby have combined for 1,454 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Kyle Williams has 36 receptions. The Arizona State Sun Devils ground game is averaging 190.1 yards per contest, and Eno Benjamin leads the way with 1,444 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona State is allowing 23.7 points and 391 yards per game. Merlin Robertson leads the Arizona State Sun Devils with 72 tackles, Malik Lawal has 3.5 sacks and Aashari Crosswell has two interceptions.
The Arizona Wildcats need a victory here in order to reach a bowl game for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Arizona Wildcats have won three straight home games. Khalil Tate is completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 2,248 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Tate has a combined 12 touchdown passes in his last three games. Shawn Poindexter and Shun Brown have combined for 1,239 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Tony Ellison has 26 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 199.1 yards per contest, and J.J. Taylor leads the way with 1,290 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 31.8 points and 434.8 yards per game. Colin Schooler leads the Arizona Wildcats with 114 tackles, JB Brown has 3.5 sacks and Scottie Young Jr. has three interceptions.
The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in November and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 15-6 ATS in their last 21 meetings and the home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 conference games.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Oregon Ducks, and they've seen three of their last four games be decided by three or less points. The Arizona Wildcats got their boots smoked last week by Washington State, but they still have a chance to clinch a bowl bid and will be playing for 12 seniors as well. The Arizona State Sun Devils have split their last 10 games ATS when a favorite of any kind. The Arizona Wildcats have failed to cover six of their last nine games when an underdog of any kind. The home team has won each of the last five meetings between Arizona State and Arizona, and Tate is finally starting to play like the Heisman candidate he was before the season started. The Arizona State Sun Devils have these games where they completely look different than the team you saw the week previously. I'm backing Arizona at home in this spot.