Arizona State vs Northern Arizona prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Thursday, September 1
Arizona State vs Northern Arizona How To Watch
Date: Thursday, September 1
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Arizona State (0-0), Northern Arizona (0-0)
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Arizona State vs Northern Arizona Game Preview
Why Northern Arizona Will Win
The Lumberjacks know how to run the ball, and they’ll try to slow things down a bit by grinding it out.
6-2, 225-pound Kevin Daniels ran for 1,146 yards and seven touchdowns last year with a good burst to go along with his power. He and eight other starters return to an effective attack that might not connect on the deep ball, but should have a little success against an ASU defense that’s missing key parts on the line.
On the other side, the Northern Arizona defense might have its problems, but it takes the ball away in bunches. It has to force a slew of mistakes against an ASU offense that’s all but starting over. However …
Why Arizona State Will Win
Northern Arizona’s defense is going to get worked over.
Yes, ASU’s Jayden Daniels is now at LSU, but the quarterback situation will be fine with Florida transfer Emory Jones and Alabama transfer Paul Tyson good enough to exploit the mediocre secondary.
NAU might have a running game, but Arizona State’s will be better. Wyoming transfer Xazavian Valladay should be in for a huge season, Jones – if he locks down the gig – is dangerous on the move, and there shouldn’t be much of a problem against a D that gave up 439 yards per game and now has to replace five starters.
What’s Going To Happen
Northern Arizona was able to shock Arizona last year, and it’s going to bring a whole lot of fight and effort – getting a win in this would make the season.
2022 Arizona State isn’t 2021 Arizona.
The Sun Devils will run for over 200 yards and control the clock throughout. NAU will have the ball for about 26 minutes, the offense won’t get enough out of the passing game, and it’ll be a good game for ASU to hit refresh.
Arizona State vs Northern Arizona Prediction, Line
Arizona State 38, Northern Arizona 10
Line: Arizona State -25.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Arizona State vs Northern Arizona Must See Rating: 1.5
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