Arizona State at Arizona: What bettors need to know

Nov 22, 2012 |
Arizona State at Arizona (-3, 69)

Arizona sophomore Ka’Deem Carey looks to break the school’s single-season rushing record when the Wildcats host Arizona State on Saturday in the annual Territorial Cup. Carey leads the nation with 1,585 yards rushing, including 570 over the last two games, and is only 18 yards away from passing Trung Canidate’s school record of 1,602 yards set in 1999. The Sun Devils snapped a four-game losing skid and became bowl eligible with last Saturday’s 46-7 victory over Washington State, while Arizona is coming off a 34-24 win over Utah. The Wildcats rank second in the Pac-12 in total offense, while Arizona State boasts the second-best defense.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: Arizona – 3, O/U 69.

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-60s under clear skies. Winds will blow out of the ESE at 13 mph.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12): The Sun Devils’ defense dominated Washington State with seven sacks and only one rushing yard allowed. The stifling defense ranks first in the nation in sacks (4.3) and second in tackles for loss (8.9). Defensive tackle Will Sutton and linebackers Carl Bradford and Brandon Magee have combined for 26.5 sacks, and Sutton ranks fifth in the nation with 1.05 sacks per game. Sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly threw for four touchdowns last Saturday against Washington State, finishing with 18 straight completions. Junior Chris Coyle needs five receptions to set the school record for tight end receptions in a season. The Sun Devils feature a strong run game with an average of 183.6 yards on the ground.

ABOUT ARIZONA (7-4, 4-4): The Wildcats have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in the same season with quarterback Matt Scott throwing for 3,008 yards, Austin Hill catching 68 passes for 1,119 yards and Carey tied for second nationally with 19 rushing touchdowns. Carey is looking to become the first Arizona player to win the national rushing title. Scott is averaging 345 yards in total offense to lead the Pac-12, but struggled at times last week against Utah after missing the previous game with a concussion. On defense, linebacker Marquis Flowers has a team-high 5.5 sacks and four takeaways in the last five games.


* Sun Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five Friday games.
* Over is 5-0 in Wildcats’ last five home games.
* Underdog is 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings.


1. The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 124-63 in the first quarter.

2. The Wildcats are 6-1 and averaging 45.9 points at home.

3. Arizona leads the series 47-37-1 and has won three of four, including a 31-27 victory in Tempe last season.

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