The Oregon vs Arizona State game is the midweek highlight of the college football week 8 schedule.
The Oregon Ducks are one of the best teams in college football. They are No. 3 in the BCS polls and they are No. 2 in the AP Top 25. The Ducks have an explosive offense that leaves defenses gasping for air.
The Ducks are third in the initial BCS standings, eighth in total offense (541.67 yards) and have won nine straight games, the second-longest streak in the FBS behind defending national champion and top-ranked Alabama.
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With that being said, the Sun Devils have all of the ingredients needed to beat the Ducks. The recent teams that have beaten the Ducks all of one thing in common, solid play on the defensive front.
The Sun Devils entered the season with a new coach, new staff, a fist-year quarterback and numerous holes on defense. They have put it altogether to get a great start to the season, but this game will be a telling spot for the Sun Devils.
During a Q&A with Beat Writer Doug Haller, the game plan and state of mind of ASU is discussed in detail.
ASU’s linebackers have blitzed all season. Will they still do against a team as
fast as Oregon? I asked senior linebacker Brandon Magee this Sunday and he said
ASU will play as aggressively as it has through the season’s first seven weeks.
ASU will not slow down or adjust their aggressive defense when going up against the Ducks and it should be noted that they have played just as good as any defense in the country and look to prove it is not a fluke.
Entering Thursday’s showdown against No. 2 Oregon, the Sun Devils rank second in quarterback sacks, fifth in passing defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense. It has been against a subpar schedule that does not strike fear in opponents.
ASU has practiced to face the quick-paced offense. The scout team ran five consecutive plays one after the other with no break or instruction from coaches. ASU’s defense — which also ranks second nationally in tackles for loss — is designed to harass the quarterback, to get in the backfield, to cause confusion. This plan will be in place against the Ducks.
The Ducks have a history of falling flat for bettors after a blowout. The Ducks are 2-5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight games following a win of more than 20 points.
The Ducks can be accused of poor preparation for the prime time midweek slate as they are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
The Sun Devils are 13-6-3 ATS in their last 22 conference games, 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 home games and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. This line is too high and the Sun Devils have a realistic shot at the upset. They won’t win the game but it will be very close as the Sun Devils make a statement on national television.
Oregon vs Arizona State Predictions: Sun Devils +9
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