Staff Predictions: Arizona State
This story originally published on WildcatAuthority.com


Posted Nov 23, 2012


Arizona is set for its final regular season game. Read on to see how WildcatAuthority.com sees it finishing.

Cody James Martin: As far as rivalry games go, this one may be the most unpredictable in recent history. Both teams have new coaches who have found some success in the first year. There are plenty of similarities between the teams, but a few key differences.

Arizona State isn’t being led by a senior quarterback and doesn’t have the nation’s leading rusher. Plus, it’s a home game for the Wildcats.

Look for Rich Rodriguez to notch his eighth win of the season against his friends from the North.

Arizona 35, Arizona State 34

Overall: 8-3



Jason Nimrichter: Friday's game is lined up to be action-packed and loaded with offense. I give the Wildcats the overall advantage for many reasons.

One, Ka'Deem Carey has been arguably the best player in college football over the past month and ASU has struggled at times against the run. Two, Arizona has the senior at quarterback. Three, UA is at home.

Arizona State certainly possesses enough talent to pull off the victory, but Arizona has too much riding in its favor to fall in this game.

Arizona 54, Arizona State 45

Overall: 8-3



Michael Luke: If Arizona can protect Matt Scott it will be a long day for Sun Devils. That said, look for ASU to apply consistent pressure to Scott, forcing a few turnovers.

To negate ASU's pass rush, Arizona will need a big day out of Ka'Deem Carey. The guess here is he comes through in a big way.

Arizona 34, Arizona State 27

Overall: 6-5



Jason Scheer: This game is a bit unpredictable because Arizona State has done exactly what it should have this season, which is beat the bad teams and lose to the good ones.

Arizona is a good team, but has a questionable defense. If the defense plays like it did against Utah, the Wildcats should be able to win this game.

ASU has a dangerous blitzing defense, but that also plays a bit into Arizona's hands. If the offensive line can hold, you are going to see major plays available for the Wildcats and I am guessing that Arizona gets one more than their opponent.

Arizona 34, Arizona State 31

Overall: 6-5


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