Pick Arizona State ATS vs. Arizona for Rivalry Weekend Betting

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, November 27, 2014 7:21 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 7:21 PM GMT

The current status of Arizona QB Solomon (high-ankle sprain) is the reason there was a late line for this contest. Find out who we like for your college football picks in this rivalry matchup as Arizona faces off against ASU.

Arizona St. at Arizona 3:30 ET FOX TV
The current status of Arizona QB Solomon (high-ankle sprain) is the reason there is no line on this contest at this point in time.  This bureau does, however, have inside sources on the Arizona campus, which will be providing an early morning Friday update on the status of the Wildcats’ QB.  Should he be unable to go, it would be a major loss for the Wildcats. An interesting sidebar to this contest is that it is being played in the same timeframe as the UCLA game.  A stumble by the Bruins would open the door for the winner of this contest to claim the division crown and the right to face Oregon for the PAC 12 Championship. 

Arizona has been in good hands since 3rd year HC Rodriguez has found a home in the desert. A pair of 8-5 SU seasons in his first 2 years was capped by Bowl victories. This year, his 9-2 SU Wildcats enter on a 3-game winning streak, including last week’s shocking 42-10 romp at the mile high altitude of SLC. In that contest, the Wildcats’ near 200 Club offense amassed a balanced and surprising 520 yards against the staunch Utah defense. A +3 net TO differential certainly aided the cause.  This is a team who is playing with great unity and confidence as they enter a finale with an arch-rival Sun Devil team who defeated them 58-21 last year. They will clearly not be lacking for motivation. Whether they can overcome the potential loss of star signal caller, Solomon, may be a whole different issue. 

Arizona vs. Arizona State in Battle for the Territorial Cup

Much like their desert rivals, the Sun Devils have profited from the arrival of 3rd year HC Graham.  In his first 2 years, the Sun Devils went 18-9 SU, 14-11 ATS. Best known as a defensive coach, the Sun Devils showed surprising explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball.  In those 2 years, they averaged 39 PPG.  This year has been more of the same with a unit that is scoring 37 PPG on 453 YPG and 6.1 YP play.  Star QB Kelly missed some time early on, but the Sun Devils did not miss a beat recording a 9-2 SU record.  The only defeats were to UCLA and a shocking loss at Oregon St. in which they suffered the post-Notre Dame, victory syndrome. 

Should Solomon be unable to play for Arizona, State holds a clear edge at the signal caller spot with Kelly. The blitzing schemes of the Sun Devils would further disrupt any potential attack plans of the host with a substitute leader. And with the history of an 8-2 ATS mark at this series site, for your college football picks, it would be no surprise if Arizona St. recorded a victory, covering college football odds.

College Football Pick: Arizona State ATS at 5Dimes

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