UCLA vs. Arizona State: TV info, betting odds, expert predictions
UCLA (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) battles Arizona State (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) in the desert Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Pac-12 title race. The 12th-ranked Bruins will take one of the Pac-12’s best defenses on the road to try and slow what has been a resurgent Arizona State offense.
In two appearances, Trenton Bourguet has engineered 80 points. In the other five FBS games ASU has played this season with Bourguet standing on the sideline, the offense scored 90 points total. Interim coach Shaun Aguano took over play-calling duties in ASU’s 42-34 win over Colorado and the offense found life. Bourguet threw for 435 yards and three scores while completing 74% of his passes. In his first career start, he hit his first eight throws and led back-to-back scoring drives to open. That performance earned him the starting spot going forward.
UCLA offers a bit stiffer test than the listless Colorado Buffaloes.
And the Bruins will bring in a much more potent offense.
Arizona State has struggled to contain the Pac-12’s top-flight quarterbacks so far — yielding 348 yards and three scores to USC’s Caleb Williams, 324 yards to Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., and then 320 yards to Stanford’s Tanner McKee. UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson can hurt teams with his arm and his legs. He has 22 touchdowns to just three interceptions so far this year.
Here’s all the info you need to know for the game.
TV info and kickoff time
Kickoff time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV Network: FS1; fans can also watch the game live on FOXSports.com with a cable or satellite provider login
Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe
Line: UCLA -10.5
Moneyline: UCLA -420, Arizona State +320
ESPN’s FPI gives UCLA a 71.9% chance of beating ASU.
Bill Connelly’s SP+ is calling for a 38-24 UCLA win.
All Bruins’ Sam Connon has the Bruins winning 38-27:
The Sun Devils will surely put some points up on the board, boasting a red-hot quarterback of their own who has already carved up Washington and Colorado on very high volume. Arizona State is no Oregon, though, and interim coach Shaun Aguano has very little chance of outdueling Kelly schematically.
The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner likes the Sun Devils to cover the double-digit spread:
A dangerous game for UCLA that’s comparable, although not identical, to the one faced by sixth-ranked Oregon three years ago when it ventured to the desert as a double-digit favorite — and lost. ASU has more than enough playmakers around quarterback Trenton Bourguet to score early and often. The Bruins will find the end zone frequently, as well. Close all the way except in one respect: The final score will make mincemeat of the total.