Arizona State vs. New Mexico State Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Arizona State vs. New Mexico State fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Arizona State (0-0) vs. New Mexico State (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Thursday, August 31st
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Network: Pac-12 Network
Don’t let this be interesting, Arizona State.
With the main national storyline around the program revolving around the hot seat status of head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils need to show that 1) the offense is about to explode at a high level again, and 2) the defense isn’t going to be miserable.
Meanwhile, New Mexico State will try to keep up the pace for a while, starting its last season as a Sun Belter with one the program’s best teams in years.
It might be one-sided, but it’ll be a shootout because …
One Reason Why New Mexico State Will Win
The Aggies have the type of offense that can put up yards and points in bunches – at least theoretically.
With RB Larry Rose III looking back to 2015 form working behind a veteran line, there will be explosion. With almost all of the top receivers returning, the passing game will be fine, too.
While that might all seem like bluster for most teams – it’s New Mexico State, after all – ASU had the nation’s worst pass defense last season. It won’t be that bad again, but it needs to be tested.
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
New Mexico State might get 11 of the top 12 tacklers back, but the line doesn’t have the pass rushing threats to bother the ASU quarterbacks – and both Manny Wilkins and Blake Barnett will see time – and the secondary is still suspect, to be kind.
More than anything else, the Aggies won’t translate the experience into being more physical. When in doubt, ASU should be able to line up and blast away to take control of the game. As bad as the Sun Devil defense might be, the offense – against this NMSU D – will easily make up for it with lots and lots of big plays.
What’s Going To Happen
ASU won’t be able to answer all the questions it’ll want to.
The offense will rip up the Aggie defense, but both quarterbacks will look strong. Wilkins vs. Barnett will still be a debate.
The defense will be okay, but it’ll be just shaky enough against this good NMSU offense to continue to be worried.
In the end, it’ll be an easy win for the Sun Devils as they pull away in the second half. For now, that’ll be okay, but the pressure will be on to be great against San Diego State next week.
Arizona State vs. New Mexico State Prediction
Final Score: Arizona State 52, New Mexico State 27
Line: Arizona State -23.5, o/u: 70.5
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