Check out the Arizona vs. Arizona State fearless prediction and game preview.
Arizona (7-4) vs. Arizona State (6-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 4:30 pm ET
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Network: Pac-12 Network
Unlike last year’s rivalry game, both teams are good, both teams are going bowling, both teams have stable coaching situations now, and both teams have hope and expectations going into 2018.
But it would be nice to win this.
Arizona stalled and struggled in a loss to Oregon, losing two of the last three games and with Khalil Tate’s grassroots Heisman campaign hitting the skids.
Arizona State has been a bit flaky – looking like a world-beater defensively against Washington, and offensively against Colorado – but it can’t seem to play the same game twice.
The winner will get one of the Pac-12’s better bowl slots, the loser will have to deal with a year of giving away bragging rights, and for Pac-12 fans, this should be a blast of an offensive shootout.
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
Khalil Tate can throw a little bit, too.
The Arizona State defense might have showed up large against Washington, but it’s had a huge problem all year, especially against teams that can push the ball down the field a bit.
Of course, Arizona is about getting Tate and the running game moving, but when he gets challenged, he can come up with the home run throw, too.
Tate crushed Washington State for over 16 yards per throw, and he’s been able to connect on the long ball when he gets a little time. He just has to be accurate and consistent- a slight problem at times – but if he’s on, look out.
Of course, after being bottled up by Oregon last week, he might just bust out for 200 yards rushing and make this easier for the Wildcats.
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
Arizona’s defense was iffy at best, but now it’s going to be a real problem with almost the entire defensive line banged up.
Decimated by injuries last year, the Wildcats have been able to survive the problems this season – for the most part – but the D is about to have problems.
Arizona State doesn’t have a consistent offense, but the running game has been amazing over the last three weeks.
The Sun Devils ripped through Colorado, UCLA and Oregon State for over 1,000 yards and eight scores, with Demario Richard running as well as any back in the country. He’s going to have a whole lot of fun.
What’s Going To Happen
Lots and lots and lots of points.
Last team with the ball wins?
Tate will be Tate, doing a little of everything right for an offense that will be more balanced than you might think, but will take over with the running game cranking up the production in the second half.
Arizona State’s running game will be the new Arizona State running game. It’ll tear off over 300 yards with a whole lot of home runs.
But Arizona has survived this before. Colorado ran for 300 yards and three scores, and the Wildcats pulled off the victory.
Tate will be amazing, making a late push for be on the Heisman ballot.
Arizona vs. Arizona State Prediction
Arizona 45, Arizona State 42
Arizona -2, o/u: 73.5
5: Thanksgiving dessert
1: Thanksgiving dinner … 2.5
Must See Rating
5: The inside of your eyelids for Thanksgiving nap
1: The Star … 4