Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -2.5 -- Over/Under:
The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to Folsom Field to take on the 21st ranked Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Arizona State Sun Devils snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 3-2 (1-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 52-24, this past Saturday. Arizona State had no problems scoring at will agianst the Oregon State defense and pulled away after taking a 38-17 lead with 11:13 left in the 3rd quarter. Arizona State outgained Oregon State by a 558-406 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was RB Eno Benjamin who had an incredible 312 rushing yards & 3 TD on 30 carries. On the season, Arizona State is averaging 31.6 ppg on 426.0 total yards per game (244.8 passing yds/g; 181.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona State has been led by QB Manny Wilkins who has completed 63.5% of his passes for 10 TD & 1 INT while averaging 244.8 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Sun Devils have been N’Keal Harry (6.2 rec/g; 83.8 yds/g; 5 TD), Kyle Williams (3.6 rec/g; 42.0 yds/g; TD), and Frank Darby (1.8 rec/g; 34.2 yds/g). Leading the way for the Sun Devils backfield as been Eno Benjamin who had 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 119.0 rushing yds/g on 19.6 att/g. Benjamin has also been solid in the passing attack as he has 2 receiving TD’s while averaging 30.8 yds/g on 4.2 rec/g. Defensively, Arizona State is holding their opponents to an average of 19.8 ppg on 363.2 total yards per game (201.6 passing yds/g; 161.6 rushing yds/g).
The Colorado Buffaloes stayed perfect on the season, improving to 4-0 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season, after defeating the UCLA Bruins, 38-16, this past Friday night. UCLA kept the game close in the 1st half and actually held a 16-14 lead early in the 3rd quarter, however, the Buffaloes turned it of on both sides of the ball from their and pulled away after scoring 28 unanswered points to finish out the game. Colorado outgained UCLA by a 477-289 margin and committed no turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was QB Steven Montez who completed 22 of 26 passes for 237 yards and a TD while also adding 81 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground. On the season, Colorado is averaging 40.3 ppg on 489.8 total yards per game (284.3 passing yds/g; 205.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado has been led by QB Steven Montez who has completed 75.8% of his passes for 9 TD & 2 INT while averaging 273.0 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Montez and the Buffaloes have been Laviska Shenault Jr. (9.5 rec/g; 145.3 yds/g; 4 TD), K.D. Dixon (4.5 rec/g; 48.3 yds/g; TD), and Tony Brown (3.5 rec/g; 44.8 yds/g). Leading the way for the Buffaloes back field has been Travon McMillian who has 4 TD’s on the season and is averaging 98.0 rushing yds/g on 13.5 att/g. Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 17.8 ppg on 352.0 total yards per game (195.8 passing yds/g; 156.3 rushing yds/g).
The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The Buffaloes are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
Arizona State has already exceeded expectations this season as they had a nice upset victory at home vs. Michigan State and was competitive in both losses that were on the road against two good teams in San Diego State & Washington. Colorado has had a nice start to their season as they just cracked the top-25 and have some great impact players on the offensive end in QB Steven Montez & WR Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado has looked great, however, they have an extremely easy schedule to start the season as the combined record of the teams they’ve beaten is just 1-17. Arizona State impressed me on the road in their losses and as I think they have a very talented offense that will be able to put up some points, I’m taking the Sun Devils and the points in this one.