SBR's finest College Football handicappers take a look at the battle between Arizona and Arizona State, as the Territorial Cup is up for grabs. How have the odds been set, and which lines do our cappers feel deserve a look?
How to Approach this Game's Spread
The winner of this game Friday will represent the Pac-12 South in the conference championship if UCLA loses at home vs. Stanford on Friday. There was no opening line here because of the status of electric Arizona freshman QB Anu Solomon. He left Saturday's 42-10 blowout of Utah with an ankle injury and didn't return. Arizona can't win this game without him.
These teams both enter with identical 9-2 overall records, and each is entrenched in a 3-way tie atop the PAC 12 South Division along with UCLA. Unfortunately for the Arizona schools the Bruins hold the tie breaker by virtue of winning both head to head games. The only thing that either team can control on Friday is winning their game. If Stanford is able to upset UCLA on Friday, then the winner of the battle of Arizona will have a spot in the PAC 12 Championship Game. Arizona State is 4-1 on the road this season, and unfortunately their lone loss was the most costly. They were upset 35-27 at Oregon State as a 7.0 point favorite two weeks ago. If not for that blunder the Sun devils would be playing for a whole lot more on Friday. "Rich Rod" has certainly pointed the Arizona Wildcats football program in the right direction since taking over. The corner can be fully turned with a win over their biggest rival that would assure them of a stellar 10-win season.
Arizona State ranks second nationally in points scored off turnovers, while Arizona has won 13 of 14 games under third-year head coach Rich Rodriguez when winning the turnover battle. The Sun Devils will be able to game plan for a less-than-mobile Anu Solomon under center fro the Wildcats, as he left last week’s game with an ankle injury.
It's an interesting game here as both teams will be cheering for UCLA to lose. Then the winner of this one goes to Pac-12 championship game. We're waiting on Anu Solomon's status after he aggravated his injury versus Utah. Even before, he didn't look great playing on the bad ankle in previous games. The current NCAA Football odds give us plenty reasons to lean to ASU in this matchup.
How to Bet the Over/Under
No total as of this writing because of Solomon's status. Coach Rich Rodriguez's system should be able to put up points even with Solomon's backup if need be. ASU also plays up-tempo and can score quickly with excellent QB Taylor Kelly. Won't be much defense here.
The Arizona Wildcats have seen their last 4, and 6 of their last 7-games stay under the total. Arizona State has seen 3 of their 4 conference road games stay under the total. Considering the fact the Sun Devils are averaging 37-points per game and the Wildcats 36-points you would figure that both would be playing on the high side of the number on most occasions, but obviously that hasn't been the case.
The last two meetings in this series have gone OVER the betting total, with both games having over 900 yards of total offense. It’s important to point out that all four of Arizona’s games this month have fallen short of the number.
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Placing your College Football Picks
At the time of this writing there was ni point-spread or total posted on this game. The safest bet in fairly evenly matched rivalry games is to take the underdog. This game has all the ear marks of one that will go down to the wire and be one of the more exciting contests on the Friday college football card.
If Solomon is cleared to play—sports bettors should look to the UNDER due to the fact that Arizona will have to lean on its defense led by linebacker Scooby Wright.