Tomorrow at 12 P.M., Arizona State will be playing in their first road game of the season when they take on Cal. Cal comes into the game as 12.5 point favorites vs. Arizona State
Arizona State Preview:
Arizona State is coming off of a loss against USC where they played the fifth-ranked team in the country really tough in a 42-28 loss. Cam Skattebo was the player of the game for the Sun Devils as he totaled 232 yards of offense.
He had 111 yards rushing, 79 yards receiving, and 42 yards passing as well as a punt inside the 20-yard line. On top of this, number receiver Elijah Badger had 9 catches for 88 yards to go along with a touchdown, and tight end Jalin Conyers had 5 catches for 71 yards.
It was also Kenny Dillingham’s debut of calling plays and he didn’t disappoint as the team totaled over 350 yards of offense and fought to the very end against the best offense in college football.
On top of this Arizona State will be getting quarterback Trenton Bouguet back as he dealt with a lower-body injury that kept him out of the game vs. USC.
With Drew Pyne gone for the foreseeable future, Trenton Bourguet will be looking to keep the ASU offense trending in the right direction tomorrow against Cal’s versatile defense.
Arizona State’s defense took a step back last weekend after going up against USC’s high-powered offense. They now rank outside the top 50 in total yards given up for defense and rushing defense after running back MarShawn Lloyd had a game against them.
The defense is looking to bounce back as a unit tomorrow against Cal in a mighty way.
Cal is coming off a huge loss to 7th-ranked Washington in which Michael Penix Jr. threw for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns against their defense.
Similar to when Arizona State played Oklahoma State, Cal tends to rotate quarterbacks in the game to give different looks to the defense.
Ben Finley and Sam Jackson both played vs. Washington and both threw a touchdown in the contest to total it at 3 for the game. Cal’s offense is averaging 32.8 PPG and their defense has forced 11 turnovers which is good for 2nd in the country.
The biggest factor that Cal presents is their running game which features two good pac-12 running backs in Jadyn Ott (306 yards) and Isaiah Ifanse (236 yards) who both average over 5 yards a carry on the ground.
They also have a good wide receiver in Jeremiah Hunter who has 232 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year so far.
Franklin Miller – Arizona State and Burn City Sports Insider
Cal 28 – Arizona State 24
I got Cal winning a close one by a final score of 28-24. I think defensively, Arizona State bounces back, especially in the passing game and I’m expecting a big game from the defensive lineman on passing down situations to get to the quarterback.
As for the run defense, I expect another tough day as Cal’s running game has been their bread and butter so far this season and I expect that to continue as ASU showed signs on tape that Cal could exploit tomorrow night.
As for the ASU offense, I’m expecting another good outing by Cam Skattebo and clean football for the majority of the game by Trenton Bourguet. I believe that Cal’s defensive line has had a problem with getting to the quarterback this season it could play into the hands of Arizona State.
I’m expecting a lot of heavy doses of Skattebo to then close in on a play-action game to keep the top-tier linebackers of Cal sucked in on run plays in this one.
Unfortunately, when the game gets tight, I expect ASU to make a few mistakes to keep them from winning this game as they’re still progressing their way to rebuilding Dillingham’s program for good.
Kick-off for ASU and Cal is set at 12 p.m. in California Memorial Stadium.