Arizona State vs. San Diego State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Network: CBS Sports Network
Arizona State (2-0) vs. San Diego State (1-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
The San Diego State offense hasn’t been able to get going yet. Getting stuffed by Stanford is no big deal, but the O didn’t fly against Sacramento State, either.
So far, the passing game has yet to throw a touchdown pass, and now it doesn’t have QB Christian Chapman, who went down with a knee injury last week. He should be back with an MCL sprain – what Aaron Rodgers supposedly has – but give it a month. Ryan Agnew stepped in and threw two picks in the 28-14 win.
The ASU pass rush so far has been devastating with 11 sacks to go along with 20 tackles for loss. Against an SDSU line that’s been a disaster in pass protection, get ready for a whole lot of plays in the Sun Devil backfield.
One Reason Why San Diego State Will Win
Can the Aztec defense step up and carry the offense? The run defense has been amazing so far, and it’ll have to be special to make up for the potential issues in the secondary.
The SDSU pass defense hasn’t been up to snuff, but Bryce Love went nowhere in the Stanford win in Week 1, and Sacramento State didn’t go anywhere.
So far, the Aztec defensive front has been a brick wall – allowing fewer than two yards per carry – putting the pressure on the ASU passing game to take over. That can happen, but this should be a grind.
After the Michigan State win and with a trip to Washington up next, will ASU be looking ahead – and behind? Even after the 30-20 loss to the Aztecs last year, yeah.
What’s Going To Happen
All of the good vibes and wonderful praise heaped on Arizona State could quickly get wiped away with one loss and with Washington up next week.
But the Sun Devils will keep it going.
The pass rush will ramp back and bother Agnew, the run defense that allowed just 65 yards so far – and 1.07 yards per carry – will control Juwan Washington, and the fantastic start to the Herm Edwards era will get to 3-0.
Even if it’s not that pretty.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona State 26, San Diego State 13
Line: Arizona State -5, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 3
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