Arizona State is a slight favorite in the upcoming showdown at Utah.

Arizona State Slight Favorite in Showdown at Utah

Following an initial setback in the season, Arizona State has emerged as a top contender for the Pac-12 title, as indicated by leading sports betting apps in Arizona. The team is now preparing for their upcoming pivotal game this Saturday.

Following victories over Southern Utah and UNLV in their initial two games, the Sun Devils experienced a 27-17 defeat to the BYU Cougars in Provo on Sept. 18, marking their first away game of the season.

Arizona State will return to the Wasatch in four weeks to face off against the Utah Utes at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Herm Edwards’ team is scheduled to play the Utes at 7 p.m. Arizona time, with the college football game being broadcast live nationally on ESPN.

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ASU-Utah a Toss-Up

Arizona sports betting websites are struggling to identify a frontrunner in the upcoming game between the Sun Devils and Utes on Saturday.

The Sun Devils are currently favored by one point at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona as of Wednesday morning, with a moneyline of -115.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona, ASU has a slight edge with a half-point advantage and a moneyline of -112 for the Sun Devils.

The over/under has been set at 50.5 by both operators.


ASU’s Strongest Start in Seven Years

The Sun Devils are aiming to continue their strong start on Saturday, which would mark their best since 2014. A win would secure their fourth straight victory and guarantee at least a .500 season in Tempe.

ASU started the 2014 season strong with an 8-1 record, finishing with a total of 10 wins and a triumph over Duke in the Sun Bowl.

After seven seasons, Edwards’ team is looking to emulate the early success of Todd Graham’s ASU squad and also achieve their first win against the Utes in three years.

DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona has acknowledged the strong interest of Arizona sportsbooks in the Sun Devils. ASU is currently favored at +140 to reach the Pac-12 title game, positioning them as the top choice in the conference.

The Sun Devils have a 5-3 overall record against Utah since joining the Pac-12 in 2012. However, the Utes emerged victorious in the most recent matchup between the two teams, with a score of 21-3 in 2019.


Analyzing the Utes

The Utes are entering Saturday’s game with two back-to-back victories by double digits over Washington State (24-13) and USC (42-26).

Utah bounced back after defeats to BYU (26-17) and San Diego State (33-31) with impressive showings in both rushing and passing, credited to coach Kyle Whittingham’s offense.

The Utes, led by sophomore QB Cameron Rising, have been averaging 221.8 passing yards and 168.6 rushing yards per game, fueling the team’s resurgence.

Rising has quickly made an impact this season with 625 passing yards and seven touchdowns in just three starts, leading Utah’s offense to new heights without throwing a single interception.

The player from California put on a remarkable show in Los Angeles last weekend, setting a new personal record with a completion rate of 78.6% on his passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 27 yards and scored an additional touchdown in his team’s 16-point win against the Trojans.

This Saturday, Rising will be tested by defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce’s unit, known for holding opponents to an average of only 181.3 passing yards per game.


Who will be the standout player for ASU on Saturday?

The Sun Devils have secured victories in consecutive weeks, beating UCLA (42-23) and Stanford (28-10) to strengthen their standing in the Pac-12 South division race.

ASU is anticipated to lean on the team’s talented running backs this Saturday, after Rachaad White (13 carries, 96 yards) and DeaMonte Trayanum (9 carries, 50 yards) delivered strong performances against the Cardinal defense in the previous week.

Lately, White and QB Jayden Daniels have been excelling on the field, with White amassing 421 yards and 9 touchdowns while Daniels has racked up 1,638 offensive yards and 7 touchdowns. Both athletes must maintain their top form if ASU hopes to end their four-year losing streak in Salt Lake City.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, with experience at respected publications including ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He now serves as the lead writer at yengols.com.

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