NCAA Football – Week 8
Thursday night college football betting action this week takes us to the desert, where the Arizona State Sun Devils are going to hope to tame the No. 2 team in the land, the Oregon Ducks.
How many more times are we going to see the Ducks in this situation this year? They’ve already faced the Arizona Wildcats right when they have gotten into the Top 25, and they have already played the Washington Huskies in the same spot. The difference this time is that this one is going to be on the road, but the premise is exactly the same. Here, we have a team that is going to try its best to make a name for itself in the national spotlight against the U of O, and in all likelihood, it is going to fail and fail miserably. This offense just continues to roll. QB Marcus Mariota has thrown for 1,301 yards and 15 TDs against five INTs, and he has another 221 yards and a score on the ground. Speaking of on the ground, that’s how this offense does oh so well. RB Kenjon Barner now has 727 yards and nine TDs, and he is ripping off runs at a clip of 6.3 yards per carry, while WR De’Anthony Thomas, a Heisman Trophy candidate, has 377 yards and six scores to go with his 20 receptions, 205 yards and three TDs as a receiver.
This is the second straight week in which we are going to get a chance to see the Sun Devils in action on Thursday night. They disposed of the Colorado Buffaloes without all that much in the way of difficulty, and they continue to really look the part of a great team. This is one that has been circled on the calendar all season long, and it is a reminder that ASU has to beat the best if it wants to be the best. QB Taylor Kelly was our highlighted player last week, and he didn’t disappoint, throwing for 308 yards and five TDs without a pick. He now has a 14/2 TD/INT ratio this year, and he is averaging an absolutely insane 9.7 yards per pass attempt. The sophomore has flourished in this offense under new Head Coach Todd Graham, and he is going to have to be at his best to make sure that this game is won.
The problem that Arizona State has is that the one game in which Kelly faced true adversity, a road test against the Missouri Tigers, he threw for just 178 yards with a TD and two picks. That won’t cut it against the Ducks, and just one or two forced turnovers, and this game could get away from the Sun Devils in a hurry. Oregon 47 – Arizona State 28