Week 14 of the 2014 college football season, aka Rivalry Week, heats up with a PAC 12 Friday afternoon game (3:30 pm ET) that will determine which of the two top-25 programs in the Grand Canyon State can claim supremacy for this season. The 13th ranked Arizona St. Sun Devils (9-2) travel to Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ to take on the host and 11th ranked Arizona Wildcats (9-2) in an afternoon game. Arizona St. defeated Washington St. 52-31 in a shootout last week at home after dropping a road game at Oregon St. the previous week 35-27. The Sun Devils had won 5 games in a row in impressive fashion prior to that, including impressive wins over Stanford (26-10) and Notre Dame (55-31). The Wildcats have won 3 games in a row, including a 42-10 domination of Utah on the road last week. They last lost in week 10 to UCLA 17-7 on the road.
Arizona St. is ranked 17th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 37.2 points per game and 31st among FBS teams in total offense with 452.5 yards per contest. D.J. Foster is the only active FBS running back to gain 900 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards this season, ran for 3 touchdowns vs. Washington St. last week. The Sun Devils rank 64th nationally in points allowed with 26.4 per game and 84th in total defense 426.3 YPG allowed.
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Arizona is ranked 21st nationally in scoring offense with an average of 36.2 PPG scored and 14th among FBS teams in total offense with 494.7 YPG. QB Anu Solomon accumulated 180 yards and a TD before sitting out the second half with an ankle injury in the win over Utah last week, his status for this game in uncertain. The Wildcats rank 53rd nationally in points allowed with 24.6 per game and 96th in total defense 439.6 YPG allowed.
Arizona St. vs. Arizona Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Arizona St. Sun Devils +2.5
@ Arizona Wildcats -2.5
Over 62 (-110)
Under 62 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Arizona St. vs Arizona Pick
The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record, 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 conference games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the Sun Devils’ last 5 conference games, 6-0 in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The under is 4-0 in the Wildcats last 4 games overall, 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. In head-to-head play the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The road team is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 meetings, the underdog is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the Sun Devils are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Tucson.
This is the first time these two teams have squared off both ranking in the top 25 since 1986. Seven of the last ten games between these teams have been decided by 7 points or fewer, so this should be another close one. The WIldcats recorded a very impressive win last week, but Solomon was injured and even if he plays in this game he should be limited. He is a very important cog in coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense, and his injury will hurt the Wildcats here. The trends greatly favor the road team and the Sun Devils, and ASU is the call here as the underdog. Take the Sun Devils and the points.