Arizona State vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder CO
Network: Pac-12 Network
Arizona State (3-2) vs. Colorado (4-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
The pressure keeps on coming.
The Sun Devil pass rush was good last year, and it’s even better under the new coaching staff with 18 sacks so far to go along with the tackles for loss to help on the way to leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin.
As good as the Buffs have been so far offensively, the line is getting beaten. It’s struggling in pass protection and giving up eight tackles for loss per game – ASU has to get to Steven Montez before he can get settled.
On the other side, does Colorado want to deal with the ASU ground attack or the devastating receiving corps? N’Keal Harry and the targets are there, but it was Eno Benjamin who took over last week with 312 rushing yards and three scores against Oregon State.
Colorado’s defense has been great, but it hasn’t faced an offense like this yet.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Yeah, Arizona State is great at getting into the backfield. Colorado is better at it – and more consistent.
The Buffs have come up with seven tackles or loss or more in each of the first four games, and the pass rush has been terrific with 13 sacks, led by rising star Mustafa Johnson. The ASU offensive line has been great, but now it’ll be under pressure.
The defense has been underappreciated, mainly because Montez has been magnificent. He’s hitting 76% of his passes for close to 1,100 yards with nine touchdowns, and he can run, too – he hit UCLA for 81 yards and two scores.
Last year he threw for 345 yards in the loss to Arizona State. Now he has a better team around him.
What’s Going To Happen
Colorado is just that good.
The lines are playing well, Montez is terrific, and the running game has been able to hold its own, too, with four touchdown runs in each of the last two games.
ASU has the makeup to beat anyone in the Pac-12, and it might just be in the South driver’s seat with a win, but at home, the Buffs are going to come up with one really big victory, and then it’s off to the road games at USC and Washington.
Is it going to be a shootout like last year? No, but it’ll be a fun offensive show.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Colorado 27, Arizona State 23
Line: Colorado -3, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4
5: First Man
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