Sun Devils Rank High on Unfortunate List Following Defeat to Fresno State

Sun Devils Near Top of Dubious List After Loss to Fresno State
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Arizona State experienced a disappointing Saturday night, suffering a 29-0 loss at home to Fresno State, much to the dismay of those who placed bets on the Sun Devils at Arizona sportsbooks.

ASU’s recent 29-point win was their first shutout since a defeat by USC in 2008 and their first shutout at home since beating Washington in 1988. This game also saw the largest margin of victory for a Group of Five team against a Power Five opponent since Cincinnati’s 38-6 victory over Boston College in 2019. yengols.com examined the biggest victory margins for Group of Five teams over Power Five opponents since 2019 to provide historical perspective on the Sun Devils’ impressive win.

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Largest G5 Upsets Against Power 5 Teams Since 2019

YearG5 TeamP5 TeamScore
2019CincinnatiBoston College38-6
2023Fresno StateArizona State29-0
2021Coastal CarolinaKansas49-22
2023South AlabamaOklahoma State33-7
2019Western KentuckyArkansas45-19
2022Fresno StateWashington State29-6
2022CincinnatiIndiana45-24
2022UCFGeorgia Tech27-10
2022Air ForceBaylor30-15
2020Coastal CarolinaKansas38-23
2022Middle TennesseeMiami45-31
2021CincinnatiIndiana38-24
2021UCFFlorida29-17
2023Texas StateBaylor42-31
2021Utah StateOregon State24-13
2021BYUArizona State27-17
2019CincinnatiUCLA24-14
2019Air ForceWashington State31-21

Arizona betting apps indicate that USC is the favorite to win the Pac-12 title with the best odds at +200, while Arizona State and Stanford are both long shots with the worst odds at +50000.

ASU Joins Unenviable Company

As mentioned before, ASU’s 29-0 loss to Fresno State was the second largest margin of victory by a Power 5 school over a Group of 5 program since 2019, and the largest by any Pac-12 member, surpassing Washington State’s 29-6 defeat to the Bulldogs the previous season. Other notable Pac-12 losses to Group of 5 schools include Oregon State’s 24-13 loss to Utah State in 2021, ASU’s 27-17 defeat to BYU in 2019, and Washington State’s 31-21 loss to Air Force in 2019.

AS the Sun Devils prepare to start Pac-12 play this weekend against the fifth-ranked USC Trojans, they are getting ready to face off in Tempe at 7:30 p.m. ASU is considered a 34-point underdog by oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, with an over/under set at 62 points.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com.

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