NCAA Football – Week 7
The Pac-12 will be on display on Thursday night in Boulder, where the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Colorado Buffaloes will match wits on the college football betting odds in this crucial tilt.
The Sun Devils are quietly a 4-1 team that is coming on strong. Their only loss was on the road to the Missouri Tigers, though that loss is definitely looking more and more suspect the more that we see ASU play. Aside from that though, this has been a great team, especially defensively. No one has scored more than 24 against this offense, and if you take out the loss to the ‘Zou, no one has scored more than 17. A road win against the Cal Golden Bears was a great one for Arizona State last week, and this week really should be the team’s second straight road victory. The rushing attack is nicely balanced with three backs that are all averaging at least 40 yards per game this year, and QB Taylor Kelly also has 147 rushing to go with his 1,292 passing yards and nine trips to the end zone. Kelly is playing nothing like a sophomore who had only thrown four passes in his career before this year, and it is a testament to Head Coach Todd Graham and what he has been able to do in his short time in the desert.
Colorado’s one win this year came against an equally dysfunctional Washington State Cougars side. The Buffs are still one of the worst programs in major college football, and there just doesn’t seem to be a change to that coming any time in the near future. The team already has a loss to Sacramento State, an FCS team, and one to the Colorado State Rams, which might as well be an FCS team, not to mention the 69-14 loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs and last week’s 42-14 drubbing here at Folsom Field at the hands of the UCLA Bruins. Games just aren’t close for the most part, and if not for the charge against Wazzu down the stretch, that game would have ended with a double digit defeat as well. The offense ranks 101st in the nation overall and 102nd in scoring, and the defense ranks 110th overall and 118th in scoring. Allowing 308.8 yards per game through the air just isn’t acceptable, and it is something that Kelly and the ASU offense have to be loving when they are watching tape of this game.
These two teams have played three games against each other in recent years, and the Sun Devils have owned them all, winning and covering all three meetings with an average margin of victory of 23.7 points per game. There’s just no reason to think that this one is going to be all that close either. Arizona State 41 – Colorado 16