Arizona State vs. Stanford Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Arizona State vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview.
Arizona State (2-2) vs. Stanford (2-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Network: Pac-12 Network
Is Arizona State actually good?
It didn’t seem like it when it was struggling against New Mexico State, but as it turns out, the Aggies aren’t all that bad.
It didn’t seem like it when it lost to San Diego State, but as it turns out, the Aztecs are really good – as Stanford found out.
It didn’t seem like it when it lost to Texas Tech, but as it turns out, the Red Raiders might just be great.
And then came the win over Oregon that might have changed everything around. However, now the Sun Devils have to deal with Stanford on the road with Washington, at Utah, and USC up next.
Stanford started to look the part again in a 58-34 win over UCLA, but to be fair, the Bruins made the team-wide decision before the game not to tackle.
As long as the running game works like it did last week, there shouldn’t be a problem. However … Arizona State might actually be good.
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
Time to heat up the passing game.
It was out of necessity – since nothing else worked – but Josh Rosen was fantastic against the Cardinal, hitting the secondary for 480 yards and three touchdowns. ASU doesn’t have a Rosen, but Manny Wilkins is growing into the starting quarterback role.
Wilkins ripped up Oregon for 347 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two touchdowns. There wasn’t any running game whatsoever against the Ducks – sort of like there wasn’t anything happening for UCLA against the Cardinal – and Wilkins came through.
Stanford is probably going to stop the Sun Devil ground game, too. Wilkins should be able to keep up the pace.
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
Yeah, all of a sudden, Arizona State appears to be able to play a little bit of run defense – swarming all over Oregon allowing just 120 yards – but Stanford last week said that enough was enough.
Great over the first three games, the Cardinal averaged well over seven yards per carry, but it didn’t run enough in losses to USC and San Diego State.
Against UCLA, getting the running game going wasn’t a problem, averaging nine yards per carry with 405 yards and five scores on 45 carries.
The Cardinal O is going to keep blasting away.
That might have been a bit out of necessity with QB Keller Chryst getting hurt, but K.J. Costello proved he could throw a little bit, hitting 13-of-19 passes for 123 yards and two scores with a rushing score. Whether or not Chryst can go, now the offense at least has reliable options.
What’s Going To Happen
Arizona State might not be all that bad, but it still has to prove the defense can be consistent.
If Stanford really did find something with the running game and the play of the offensive line – and that wasn’t just because UCLA’s defense is so awful – then it shouldn’t have a problem.
But ASU is better than UCLA and should be able to make this a wee bit more of a battle. As the game goes on, the Cardinal O line will do more and more to take over, pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State vs. Stanford Prediction
Stanford 45, Arizona State 23
Stanford -15.5, o/u: 63
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