Revenge Factor Makes Arizona St. -6 The College Football Pick vs. Arizona

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:09 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 7:09 PM GMT

In this article we preview the Pac-12 clash between the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils and provide our Revenge Game of the Week college football pick.

Arizona vs. Arizona State (-6) 3:30 ET
This is the first of 2 rivalry weeks in season-ending play on the regular season CFB schedule.  Many of these matchups have a history that is so strong that it is impossible to ignore them in the handicap.  Others rely on the fundamentals of the matchup, the current situation and current form.  It is a tricky 2 weeks to navigate, but one which has always been successful for this bureau.  This game, as it is almost every year, will be Death in the Desert for one of these fierce Pac-12 rivals.

 

Arizona Wildcats
Arizona travels west to the Valley of the Sun for this 3:30 ET kick against the arch-rival Arizona St. Sun Devils.  Last year, Arizona St. lost the season matchup (42-35), despite outgaining the Wildcats 380-333.  Today, they look to use that motivation, along with that of a 6th win for the season (and Bowl eligibility) for this LHG victory.  It would be prudent to get this win, as they travel to California next week.

 

Arizona State Sun Devils
Last week, Arizona St. saved their season with a come from behind (27-17) home-field victory vs. Washington.  It came despite the fact the Sun Devils were outgained 547-397.  A (+4) net TO margin will do that for you!  Today, they must use the momentum of that victory, along with the Bowl carrot and their revenge motivation in this heated rivalry for an LHG victory.  They will do so, knowing they have the superior defense on their side as well.

Last week, as our Feline Feature of the Week, the Arizona Wildcats emerged with a (37-30) OT victory on their home field vs. Utah.  That was a huge victory for the Wildcats, as it made them Bowl eligible at 6-5 SU.  Now, they must travel to the low desert, where they will be one of few teams who is concluding their regular season schedule, playing 12 consecutive weeks from September thru November.  Last week’s game came at a bit of a cost, as starting QB Solomon (concussion) is no better than questionable for this game.  Though backup QB Randall threw the game-winning pass in OT, he is a less preferable option for the explosive Wildcat offense.

Many factors come into play with this selection.  But, emotion is the biggest of those.  Arizona has just got its Bowl qualifying win in its LHG in OT against a superior opponent.  Now, they must travel playing a 12th week in a row against a revenging rival, who is this week looking for Bowl qualification.   I invite you to join me in putting the college football odds in your favor with my college football pick on Arizona St. as The Revenge Game of the Week.  

College Football Picks: Arizona State -6 at Pinnacle

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