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Arizona State vs. Arizona 12/11/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Arizona State visits Arizona on 12/11/2020 at 7:00PM.

Arizona State and Arizona face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Arizona State has a record of 0-2 this season. Arizona is 0-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Arizona State Team Defense Preview

Arizona State has had 24 total defensive drives this season and they yield 6.25 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Arizona State cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Arizona State has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 55.33% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Arizona State opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.58 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

Arizona State has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Arizona State should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Arizona State has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Arizona State Team Offense Preview

Arizona State has had 22 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.68 plays per drive. Arizona State runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Arizona State has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Passing plays make up 49.60% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.64 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Arizona State Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Arizona State has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Arizona Team Defense Preview

Arizona has had 46 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.57 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Arizona has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Arizona opponents pass the football 38.28% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Arizona is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.86 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Arizona has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Arizona Team Offense Preview

Arizona has had 46 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.37 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Passing plays make up 51.42% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Arizona is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Arizona can take credit for 3.0 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Arizona Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Arizona has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Arizona State Roster

The Players to Watch for Arizona State

Jayden Daniels QB 6-3 185

This season, Jayden Daniels has put up 359 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 115.1thus far this season. Jayden Daniels has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jayden Daniels has 117.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 79.94 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 23.0 times this season, which puts him in the 59.57 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Deamonte Trayanum RB 5-11 230

This season, Deamonte Trayanum has 192 rushing yards on 27 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Deamonte Trayanum picked up 5 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

LV Bunkley-Shelton WR 5-11 190

This season, LV Bunkley-Shelton picked up 71 yards. He caught the ball 8 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tyler Johnson DL 6-4 285.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Arizona State, Tyler Johnson has 11 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 90.39 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 93.64 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Evan Fields DB 6-1 195.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Arizona State, Evan Fields had 22 tackles which puts him in the 66.54 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.02 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Evan Fields as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Arizona Roster

The Players to Watch for Arizona

Grant Gunnell QB 6-6 228

This season, Grant Gunnell has put up 547 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 152.3thus far this season. Grant Gunnell has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Grant Gunnell has 17.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 44.6 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 20.0 times this season, which puts him in the 55.4 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Gary Brightwell RB 6-1 218

This season, Gary Brightwell has 337 rushing yards on 69 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Gary Brightwell picked up 39 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Stanley Berryhill III WR 5-10 177

This season, Stanley Berryhill III picked up 206 yards. He caught the ball 21 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kyon Barrs DT 6-2 304

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Arizona, Kyon Barrs has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 23.2 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.88 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Trevon Mason DL 6-5 305.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Arizona, Trevon Mason has 18 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 64.24 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 29.35 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Rhedi Short DB 6-1 194.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Arizona, Rhedi Short had 26 tackles which puts him in the 73.75 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.02 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Rhedi Short as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Arizona State vs. Arizona Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Arizona State 37 Arizona 21

Spread Pick: Arizona State -11 -109 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Arizona State -377 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Over 54.5 -115 Bookmaker