Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Wisconsin Badgers Trends and Free Picks
Arizona State Sun Devils
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
(2-0, 0-2 ATS)
Two teams that are badly trying to make a name for themselves this year will duke it out at Camp Randall on Saturday, as the Arizona State Sun Devils try to burn away the Wisconsin Badgers in college football betting action.
My, what a difference a year makes! The addition of QB Steven Threet has simply opened up the Arizona State offense to new heights that the program hasn’t seen in a number of years. Threet has been impressive so far this season, completing 47-of-70 passes for 630 yards with five scores against three picks. The pro style offense that the Sun Devils are now running is opening up some holes for the ground game as well. Yes, we’d like to see better than 132 yards for RB Cameron Marshall on the year, but we must remember that he only has 14 carries on the year and has taken four of those to the house. ASU ranks seventh in the country in pass offense at 352.5 yards per game, but wins over Portland State and Northern Arizona just don’t stack up with what the Sun Devils are going to be seeing this week in Camp Randall. This is the first of five very, very tough games for Arizona State, as this game is followed by a home game with Oregon and three roadies at Oregon State, Washington, and Cal to start Pac-10 play.
The key to this game one way or the other though is going to be the Badgers offense. This was supposed to be a unit with second year starting QB Scott Tolzein and Heisman Trophy candidate John Clay that was going to really put fear into opposing teams. So far, all that we’re seeing is a fairly ho hum Wisconsin offense that is putting up very comparable numbers to last season. Missing WR Nick Toon in the lineup has hurt a ton. Toon is doubtful with a toe injury this week and will leave a real hole at the wide receiver position once again for Tolzein. The senior QB has put together respectable numbers this year, as he is 30-of-42 for 388 yards, but a 1/2 TD/INT ratio must change for the Badgers to have success. Clay has done his job, rumbling for 260 yards and four scores behind one of the best offensive lines in the nation, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention RB Montee Ball and RB James White as well. Those two have combined for 42 carries and 194 yards in relief of Clay. Once again though, the scheduling problem comes up. No, Wisconsin’s schedule hasn’t been nearly as weak as Arizona State’s, but not putting up more than a 20 point win in two games against the UNLV Rebels and San Jose State Spartans has to be raising some eyebrows right about now in Madison.
The one common thread that both of these teams should be sharing is the play of their veteran offenses. Threet and Tolzein are both very, very good, and this seems to be an awfully light ‘total’ for two teams that haven’t played stellar defense against very questionable oppositions this year. Go with the ‘over’ for your Arizona State @ Wisconsin free picks.
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