One of the biggest games of week 8 takes place in beautiful Utah as the 13th ranked Utes welcome the 17th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in a big Pac-12 Saturday night matchup. Other key games Saturday are #16 Michigan at #7 Penn State, #18 Baylor at Oklahoma State, #12 Oregon at #25 Washington and #3 Clemson at Louisville. All of the remaining 12 undefeated teams are in action this weekend with six of those 12 having conference road games.
Arizona State and Utah have played 30 times in the past and it is the Sun Devils who have a commanding 22-8 lead in the series. Since Utah joined the Pac-12 these two teams have played eight times and ASU has won six of eight by a combined score of 223-169.
Below is my pick for #17 Arizona State at #13 Utah. All lines are from the William Hill Sportsbook.
#17 Arizona State at #13 Utah (-13.5): O/U 45 points scored (-110/-110)
The #17 Arizona State Sun Devils extended their winning streak to two games with a solid 38-34 win over Washington State last week. The Sun Devils should be undefeated this season, but they somehow fell 34-31, at home, to Colorado three games back. ASU has two solid road wins this season as they won 10-7 at then #18 Michigan State and won 24-17 at then #15 California. The Sun Devils will go for their third victory over a ranked team in 2019 and will look to take a one game lead over the Utes in the Pac-12 South. ASU is 3-3 ATS and the under has hit in four of six games.
The #13 Utah Utes also extended their winning streak to two games with an easy 52-7 road victory over the Oregon State Beavers last week. Like ASU, the Utes should probably be undefeated this season, but they somehow lost at USC to their third string QB three games ago. This will be the first game Utah has played against a ranked team and it could potentially be their last of the regular season, so if the Utes want to climb into the playoff race Utah need to take advantage. Utah is 3-3 ATS and the under has hit in five of six games this season (four in a row).
Series History: Arizona State leads the all-time series 22-8 after two straight victories in the series.
Game Prediction: I like Utah to win, but I like the Arizona State defense to keep ASU in it, so back the Sun Devils at +13.5.
YTD College Football Results: 19-13