While any time conference rivals get together—especially in the Pac-12—the game usually stays close, that won’t be the case when the Arizona State Sun Devils travel to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes.
This will be a blowout of epic proportions.
Arizona State is doing its best to get back into AP Top 25 consideration, while Colorado has been terrible in all facets of its game this year.
Unless the Sun Devils underestimate their opponents, this will be an easy win and a big blowout.
When: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: Colorado (+22)
There is no way I want any part of a 22 point spread as a better, but if I have to make a wager, I’ll take ASU despite giving up 22 points off the top. Avoid this bet at all costs.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Connor Wood, QB, Questionable
Christian Powell, FB, Questionable
Brad Cotner, OL, Questionable
Ray Polk, DB, Questionable
Paul Richardson, WR, Out for season
Max Smith, TE, Questionable
Corey Adams, DT, Questionable
Mike Pennel, DL, Out indefinitely
Rashad Wadood, CB, Out for season
Carlos Mendoza, LB, Out for season
While Colorado isn’t fighting for anything but respect, the Sun Devils are vying for one of the latter spots in the Top 25 before their schedule toughens up.
With Oregon, Oregon State and USC games on the upcoming schedule, Arizona State needs all the momentum it can get and a big win on Thursday would send the right message to AP voters.
On the other hand, the Buffaloes are just trying to keep their heads above water.
Arizona State Player to Watch: Taylor Kelly, QB
While many experts viewed QB Taylor Kelly as a liability to start the season for Arizona State, the increased workload he has shouldered over the last two weeks since his team’s loss to Missouri prove his worth.
The Sun Devils are dangerous when they unleash Kelly.
If Kelly completes at least 60 percent of his 30 predicted attempts Thursday, his efficiency will lead Arizona State to the big win.
Colorado Player to Watch: Jordan Webb, QB
While there isn’t much junior QB Jordan Web can do when his defense lets up as many points as they have s far this season, the star must make smarter plays and stop turning the ball over.
That was Webb’s key coming into this season and he was accomplishing his goals through the first two games. Over the last three contests, though, Webb has turned the ball over four times.
For Colorado to have any chance of beating the Sun Devils in front of its home crowd, they need to make sure Webb is protected and has time to throw clean passes.
If Webb is feeling the pressure, the Buffaloes have no shot at victory.
Prediction: Arizona State 52, Colorado 13
The prediction may seem outlandish, but on paper these teams shouldn’t even be in the same division of college football; let alone the same stadium.
Arizona State boasts the 23rd best offense and the 12th best defensive unit in the nation in terms of points for and against accordingly; Colorado doesn’t even break the top 100 in either category.
After fully destroying the Buffaloes, the Sun Devils will take their foot off the throttle to not damage the Pac-12 brand too much.
If it wasn’t for the conference matchup, this would be even worse of a beating.
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