Oddsmakers Hoist Sun Devils After Thorough Win Over UCLA

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  • Sportsbooks tabbing Sun Devils after Saturday’s win
  • Ducks still have solid odds despite the hiccup at Stanford
  • DTR, Jayden McDaniel are Heisman sleepers

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels passed for 286 yards and a pair of TD tosses to Ricky Pearsall and Rachaad White also rushed for a pair of scores as No. 22 Arizona State caged the UCLA Bruins, 42-23, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday evening.

The NCAA football sportsbooks took notice as they moved Arizona State (+175) just ahead of Oregon, who lost 31-24 at Stanford, in making the Sun Devils the current favorite to win the Pac-12 and play the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game.

Arizona State scored on five consecutive drives as White had a 49-yard touchdown run at the outset of the second half and after a two-point conversion, the Devils took a 32-23 lead and were never threatened.

Utah sneaks into third with (+700) while the Bruins only dropped to fourth at (+750).

ASU is currently a long shot to win the national championship, but the Sun Devils are posting odds of (+8000), which is currently 12th, according to some oddsmakers. They still lag behind Oregon’s (+4500), which is ninth.

Devilish Dealings

Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels continues to flourish as he has completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 1,094 yards and he is second in rushing yards on the team at 293 as he posts 7.0 yards per carry.

Daniels still is only showing a (+7500) Heisman Trophy number, but his numbers and the way he has continues to ascend, game by game, might prove to allow him to move up if he keeps that level of consistency.

He started the season with odds at (+3500) by passing for only 132 and 175 yards in the first two games as he fell back to (+10000).

Saturday’s win over UCLA was by far his best overall game of the season.

Don’t sleep on the Sun Devils’ defense either as it is 11th in the nation in allowing only 284.6 yards per game and is led by a pass defense that only gives up 146.4 yards (7th/CFB).

Duck Struck

No. 8 Oregon couldn’t overcome the loss of running back CJ Verdell to a knee injury and then a very questionable pass interference call on Mykael Wright in the end zone on the game’s last play. That gave Stanford an untimed down and the Cardinal scored to tie the game at 24-24 as they took out then-No. 3 Oregon, 31-24 in over time.

The Ducks aren’t going away though in the Pac-12 race as if either them or ASU run the table, it should be enough to make it to the BCS Final Four.

Oregon is just behind Arizona State as the Ducks are posting (+180) odds to make it to the Pac-12 championship game.

Last week, they led the league at (+140) while UCLA checked in with odds at (+150) and Arizona State measured at (+250).

This loss dropped the Ducks’ national title odds to (+4500) after the odds were as low as (+2500) after their 35-28 win over Ohio State three weeks ago.

Verdell’s injury was termed “pretty significant” after the game by coach Mario Cristobal as it’s expected he could be out multiple games. This takes away Oregon’s rushing yardage leader as he had 406 yards on 38 carries and six of the Ducks’ 14 rushing TDs.

He had moved forward in odds to win the Heisman Trophy in mid-September with his odds cresting at (+3500). However, after Saturday’s injury and the uncertainty of his return, Verdell has been taken off Heisman boards.

Travis Dye is not a power back and the Ducks do not have experience at the running back behind him. He will have to be featured though as he has 60 carries for 382 yards and three TDs and he is even listed on the Heisman Trophy boards at (+20000).

Quarterback Anthony Brown, who rests with (+10000) Heisman odds, is a solid dual-threat option and the key to Oregon’s national title hopes. He has completed 56 percent of his passes with six TD tosses vs. one pick while rushing for 198 yards and four touchdowns.

Westwood Watch

UCLA absorbed its first loss against Arizona State and it didn’t fall too far off the clip as the Bruins posted (+500) odds in some spots last week to win the Pac-12 title and now have the (+750) number.

The Bruins couldn’t close their two losses to Fresno State and the Sun Devils as they incurred too many defensive breakdowns.

Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been nothing short of incredible so far in completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,154 yards with 10 TD passes and only one interception in 121 pass attempts so far.

DTR is longer than a shot at (+13000) while his running back Zack Charbonnet posts (+15000) Heisman Trophy odds while he has carried the ball 67 times for 449 yards and seven TDs.

Chip Kelly is in his fourth season as the Bruins head coach as he has embraced a total rebuild and the Bruins are immensely improved as they look for their first winning season since 2015.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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