The Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5) host the Arizona Wildcats (4-7) this weekend for their annual Duel in the Desert. Kickoff is set for 10:00 PM EST on November 30th at Sun Devil Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, Arizona State opened as a 13-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as the Sun Devils are currently available at -13.5. The total for the game is sitting at 59.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Arizona State vs Arizona
Arizona lost their sixth consecutive game last weekend, falling 35-7 at home against #6 overall Utah to drop to 4-7 on the season overall. The Wildcats gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, scoring just a single touchdown the entire game. QB Grant Gunnell certainly wasn’t at his best, going 8/16 for 96 passing yards through the air while also finding the end zone just once on a short-yardage run. RB J.J. Taylor couldn’t find much room on the ground, rushing for just 33 yards on a team-high ten carries. Cedric Peterson led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in four catches for 63 yards. Overall, Arizona gained well under 200 total yards of offense against a rock-solid Utes defense.
The Wildcats didn’t have a good outing on the other side of the ball against Utah, surrendering around 500 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. Arizona had no answer for Utes RB Zack Moss, allowing him to rack up 203 rushing yards and a touchdown on a game-high 26 carries.
Arizona State snapped a four game losing slide last weekend, stunning #14 overall Oregon 31-28 at home to improve to 6-5 on the season overall. The Sun Devils had a 13-7 lead at the end of the third quarter and managed to hold on down the stretch despite giving up three touchdowns over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Jayden Daniels was fantastic, going 22/32 for 408 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. RB Eno Benjamin was a beast on the ground, rushing for 114 yards on a game-high 31 carries. Brandon Aiyuk and Frank Darby absolutely torched the Ducks secondary, combining for 286 receiving yards and three touchdowns on just 11 catches. As a whole, Arizona State generated well over 500 total yards and found the end zone three times on offense in the win.
The Sun Devils were pretty mediocre defensively against Oregon, giving up over 450 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Arizona State really struggled to contain Ducks WR Johnny Johnson III, as he exploded for 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: ASU -13.5
While I am also at least a little bit tempted by the OVER on 59.5, I just don’t have enough faith that the Wildcats offense will find a way to break out of their recent downswing against a pretty decent Arizona State defense. Arizona has now scored just 13 total points over their last two outings combined, which certainly doesn’t bode well for them on the road here in Week 14. The Sun Devils have also been pretty strong against the spread when facing conference opponents at home so far this season, covering the number in two out of their last three games. They should also have a ton of confidence after handing Oregon their second loss of the season last weekend despite being a two touchdown underdog prior to kickoff.
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Arizona State has had the upper hand in this rivalry over the past couple of seasons, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings with the Wildcats. The Sun Devils are also a very impressive 6-1 outright over their last seven home games as well. On the other side, Arizona is a brutal 1-4 against the spread in their last five trips to Sun Devil Stadium. I’m going to lay the 13.5 points and roll with the home favorite on Saturday evening – give me Arizona State to cover and take down the Duel in the Desert!