Preview: Arizona at Arizona State

When: 9:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 30, 2013
Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona


While the stakes are much higher for Arizona State, the No. 18 Sun Devils can expect a true test from when they host rival Arizona in the battle for the Territorial Cup on Saturday. Arizona State needs a win to lock up home-field advantage against Stanford in the upcoming Pac-12 title game. The Sun Devils may have to go without leading rusher Marion Grice as the senior tailback suffered an ankle injury late in last week's big win over UCLA.

Arizona is coming off a monstrous effort when it ended then No. 5 Oregon's Rose Bowl hopes with a shocking 42-17 victory. The Wildcats are looking to avenge last year's setback when they blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter falling 41-34. The visiting team has won the last four meetings in the series.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Arizona State -12

ABOUT ARIZONA (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12): Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 206 yards and scored a touchdown in each quarter in last week's win over the Ducks. Carey, also on the Heisman radar, has 1,559 yards and 16 TDs on the season and has rushed for over 100 yards in 14 straight games. Quarterback B.J. Denker had a career day last week completing 19-of-22 passes for 189 yards while rushing for another 102 as the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak and handed coach Rich Rodriguez his biggest win with the program.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12): The Sun Devils have won six straight and are 6-0 at home this year with an average margin of victory of 26.8 points per game. Grice, who is four yards shy of 1,000 on the season, left last week's game against UCLA on crutches and is questionable. If he can't go, the nation's 10th-highest scoring offense (41.9 points) is still confident in backups Deantre Lewis and D.J. Foster and quarterback Taylor Kelly is a dual threat, having rushing for 411 yards to go along with 25 touchdown passes.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Arizona State has home wins over two-ranked teams (Wisconsin and USC).

2. Seven of the last nine games in the series have been decided by seven points or less.

3. Arizona leads the all-time series 47-38-1.

PREDICTION: Arizona 30, Arizona State 28

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Arizona 7-4 W1 33.8 21.6 4-2 3-2 5-3 0-0 4-4
Arizona State 9-2 W6 41.9 25.2 6-0 3-2 7-1 0-0 7-1

Last Meeting

Arizona Arizona State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/23/12 ASU 41 ARIZ 34 522 292 230 460 269 191

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARIZ M. Scott 48.7 230 3 3
ASU T. Kelly 55.2 191 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARIZ K. Carey 25 172 6.9 1
ASU M. Grice 18 156 8.7 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARIZ G. Wharton 6 89 14.8 1
ASU J. Miles 5 39 7.8 0
TDs Player TD
ARIZ K. Carey 1
ASU M. Grice 3
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARIZ B. Denker 61.5 2066 14 4
ASU T. Kelly 63.2 3063 25 10
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARIZ K. Carey 291 1563 5.4 16
ASU M. Grice 191 996 5.2 14
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARIZ N. Phillips 39 486 12.5 7
ASU J. Strong 65 925 14.2 6
TDs Player TD
ARIZ K. Carey 17
ASU M. Grice 20

Quickchart Matchup

Arizona Off vs  Arizona State Def
455.2 yards
344.4 yards
5.4 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt
Arizona State Off vs  Arizona Def
472.8 yards
398.6 yards
4.4 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
7.6 yards/attempt
6.3 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Arizona Overall Arizona State
7-4-0 W/L 9-2-0
5-6-0 ATS 6-5-0
3-8-0 O/U 8-3-0
33.8 Pts For 41.9
21.6 Pts Against 25.2
Arizona A/H Arizona State
3-2 W/L 6-0
2-3-0 ATS 4-2-0
3-2-0 O/U 4-2-0
35.8 Pts For 47.7
26.0 Pts Against 20.8