Week 8 College Football Breakdown with Joe Lisi: Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes

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Joe Lisi

Friday, October 20, 2017 6:13 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 6:13 PM GMT

Week 8 College Football breakdown with Joe Lisi: This is the companion article to Joe's picks on the Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes game this Saturday.

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Arizona State vs. Utah

Line: Utah -9.0

Since 2012, Utah has won the last two over Arizona State by 19.5 ppg.

Arizona State is coming off of a dominating home win over Washington 13-7 and held the Huskies to 3 of 14 third-down attempts (21%) in the victory.

Sun Devils quarterback Manny Wilkens is completing 66% of his passes for 1,496 yards with 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Arizona State is averaging 115 rushing yards per game and is passing for 288 yards per game in 2017.

Utah’s offense over the past three games has struggled with consistency.

Against Arizona, Stanford and USC the Utes have averaged 131 rushing yards per game and have completed 64 of 116 passes (55%).

Utah enters this game converting only 33% of their third-down attempts and will be facing an Arizona State defense that held Washington to 3 of 14 third-down conversions.

Defensively, Utah has worn down in run support over recent weeks.

In the first three games of the year, the Utes allowed 148 total rushing yards or 49.0 rushing yards per game. However, over the past three games, the defensive unit has allowed 190 rushing yards per game.

More importantly, has been the lack of pass rush by the Utes defensive front seven. Entering this contest, the unit has recorded only 11 total sacks and does not have a sack in the past two games against Stanford and USC.

Utah has defeated North Dakota, BYU, San Jose State and Arizona. Those FBS teams are a combined 6-15 or .285%.

Arizona State has defeated New Mexico State, Oregon, and Washington who are a combined 13-8 or .619%. The Sun Devils three losses to San Diego State, Texas Tech, and Stanford are a combined 15-5 or .750%.

Arizona State lost those games by a combined score of 116-89 or 9.0 points per game.

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