Week 13 College Football Expert Picks: Arizona State At Arizona

Written by on November 23, 2016

The state of Arizona may be known for its high temperatures, but there is nothing hot about the two major college programs residing in that great state. Both the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcats have found wins tough to come by this season, but they will both get one more shot to finish the year on a high when they square off against one another on Friday night. Both teams are languishing near the bottom of the PAC-12 South Division, and while a win will do nothing to improve he standing of either team it will allow one set of fans to move around the state with their head held a little higher than their rivals. Both teams are going to have to find a way to break out of serious losing skids to win this one, and when wagering on this game, you need to figure out who is better equipped to do so. The bookies seem to believe it is the Sun Devils, as they are coming in as 3-point betting odds favorites.

Analyzing The Week 13 College Football Expert Picks: Sun Devils At Wildcats

When: Friday, November 25 at 9:30 PM EST Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson TV: ESPN Live Stream: Watch ESPN NCAAF Odds: TBA  

Why bet on the Arizona State Sun Devils

It’s fair to say that the Sun Devils are not going to win this game by running the football, as they have managed just 56 yards on the ground in their last two games. They do have the ability to move the ball through the air, though, and were quite effective in doing so in a 44-10 loss to a far superior Washington Huskies team last week. If QB Manny Wilkins can be as efficient as he was in that game, the Sun Devils should have a good chance to pick apart a weak Arizona secondary. The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost 5-straight coming into this one, but will remember that they easily disposed of their rivals last season in a 52-37 win.

Why bet on the Arizona Wildcats

If the Sun Devils 5-game losing streak appears bad, just imagine how fans of the Wildcats must feel after watching their team drop 8 in a row. The passing game for the Wildcats is almost non-existent, which tends to make them a little one-dimensional on attack. This is a team that is not able to consistently extend drives, which means that they are putting altogether too much weight on the shoulders of their defense. It’s a recipe for disaster, and one that the Wildcats have been serving up for most of the season. The good news is that they are going against a team that is just 1-4 ATS on the road this season, so they may be able to hang tight here.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

In my humble opinion, the Sun Devils are the better of two poor teams. They at least have a QB that can move the ball when he is on his game, and that may prove to be the difference. I like the Sun Devils to win and cover.

Arizona State Sun Devils 35 Arizona Wildcats 28