Utah Utes vs Arizona State Sun Devils Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 09/24/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 24, 2022
Venue:  Sun Devil Football Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Where to Watch:  ESPN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Utah -15.5, ASU +15.5; Over/Under:  54 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Utah -15.5, ASU +15.5; Over/Under:  54 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Utah -15.5, ASU +15.5; Over/Under:  54 points
 

Season Record

Utah Utes:  2-1 (6th place, PAC-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils:  1-1 (11th place, PAC-12)
 
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Utah Utes:  won their last game at home against the San Diego State Aztecs 35-7.
Arizona State Sun Devils:  lost their last game at home against the Eastern Michigan Eagles 30-21.

 

Utah Utes vs Arizona State Sun Devils Preview and Analysis

 
Utah is entering this game with a 2-1 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 2nd road game of the season here as they are 0-1 in their road games this year. This will also be their 1st conference game of the college football season this year. They won against the SDSU Aztecs in their last game at home 35-7. Cameron Rising started that game at QB and he completed 18/30 passes for 224 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tavion Thomas led the team in rushing with 59 yards and 1 TD on 16 rushing attempts. Brant Kuithe led the team in receiving with 64 yards and 1 TD on 5 receptions. Cole Bishop led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles. Van Fillinger led the defense in sacks with 1.5 while Karene Reid came away with the only interception for them in that one.
 
 
 
ASU is entering this game with a 1-2 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 3rd home game of the season as they are 1-1 in their home games this year. This will also be the 1st conference matchup on their conference schedule this season. They lost against the Eastern Michigan Eagles in their last game at home 30-21. Emory Jones started that game at QB and he completed 20/32 passes for 182 yards and 1 touchdown. Xazavian Valladay led the team in rushing with 127 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries. Elijhah Badger led the team in receiving with 88 yards on 7 receptions. Kyle Soelle led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles. Anthonie Cooper and Merlin Robertson both led the defense in sacks with 1 each while Kejuan Markham came away with the only interception for them in that one.

 

Utah vs Arizona State Prediction

The current betting odds have Utah listed as a 15.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Utah has looked really good in their last 2 games with big wins over Southern Utah and SDSU. they did lose their 1st game against Florida but that was a very close loss that they could have won if a few calls went their way. They still have a lot to prove in this road game though and they will need a good showing in this conference game with USC, Oregon, Oregon State, and a lot of other PAC-12 teams looking like contenders for the title now. ASU just lost their last game at home to a bad EMU team and that loss even prompted the firing of their head coach Herm Edwards. ASU is already having a really bad start to the year and the firing of the coach will only put them in an even tougher position for the rest of the year. Utah had some great defense against SDSU and their offense started to roll after the 1st quarter. They will be able to get going later in the game here and their defense will keep ASU from scoring too many points. The best way to place a bet here is on Utah to cover the spread in this game.
 
Utah Arizona State Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 24, 2022 (10:30 pm ET start time) is Utah 45 ASU 20.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Utah Utes: 12-7 ATS as a road favorite of 14.5 or more points. 17-10 ATS in a road game where the total is between 52.5 and 56. 20-13 UNDER off a home blowout win by 28 points or more.
Arizona State Sun Devils: 15-21 ATS in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56. 11-18 ATS off an upset loss as a home favorite. 21-13 UNDER as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points.
 

Key Injuries

 
Utah Utes:  None.
Arizona State Sun Devils:  D. Elliott (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed. R. Torrence (DB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed. M. Matus (DE) out for season - Knee. J. Newell (TE) out for season - Leg.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We just couldn't get in a rhythm offensively (in the first quarter). But once we got going and got momentum, the floodgates kind of opened and we put the game away mid-third quarter." - Kyle Whittingham after his team’s win against SDSU in their last game.
 
 
"It boiled down to one thing — we couldn't stop them from running the football. They physically got after us, on both sides of the ball. We gotta find a way to fix it.” - Herm Edwards after his team’s loss against EMU in their last game, he was fired shortly after.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Utah Utes
WR Vele, Devaughn 
WR Enis, Solomon
WR Dixon, Jaylen 
TE Kincaid, Dalton 
TE Kuithe, Brant 
QB Rising, Cameron 
RB Thomas, Tavion 
FB Kendall, Logan 
 
Arizona State Sun Devils
WR Thompson, Bryan
WR Badger, Elijhah
WR Sanders, Giovanni 
TE Conyers, Jalin
QB Jones, Emory
RB Valladay, Xazavian
FB Hatch, Case 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Utah Utes
Passing: C. Rising (694)
Rushing: T. Thomas (222)
Receiving: B. Kuithe (191)
Touchdowns: T. Thomas (4) 
 
Arizona State Sun Devils
Passing: E. Jones (557)
Rushing: X. Valladay (361)
Receiving: E. Badger (217)
Touchdowns: X. Valladay (4) 
 
Coaches:
Utah Utes: Kyle Whittingham (19th season)
Arizona State Sun Devils: Shaun Aguano (Interim)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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