Staff Predictions: Arizona State

Arizona will face Arizona State on Saturday. Read on to see how WildcatAuthority.com thinks the game will play out.

Scott Coleman: This is a tough game to figure out right now. If Marion Grice is unable to play for Arizona State, the Sun Devils will take on an entirely different identity on offense.

Arizona will be riding high after knocking off No. 5 Oregon, but it's also two weeks removed from a stinker against Washington State.

With how wacky and unpredictable Territorial Cup games have been over the last decade, we should probably expect the unexpected on Saturday night.

This is seldom the case when it comes to Pac-12 games, but this one will likely be determined in the trenches.

ASU features one of the top defensive front-sevens in the nation, and Arizona's offensive line play has been inconsistent all year long. UA's defense has been up-and-down all year long as well, though it's coming off a masterful performance against Oregon.

If the Cats are unable to get pressure on Taylor Kelly and contain whoever is running the ball, it's going to be a long day for the defense. Whichever team is able to win the battles along the lines will come out on top.

The road team was won the last four games in this series. I think that streak continues as Arizona scores a touchdown late to narrowly escape Tempe with the Territorial Cup in-hand.

Arizona 31, ASU 28

Overall: 7-4

Michael Luke: Although Arizona has the best player in this game, ASU is the far more talented team. An improving ASU offense figures to test Arizona in a multitude of ways and it will be imperative for Arizona to eliminate big plays out of the back field from Marion Grice.

With Carey running the ball, Arizona should be able to keep the game close. But Denker will have to make plays, and while he has proven skeptics wrong for much of the season, look for that fortune to run out.

Arizona State 34, Arizona 27

Overall: 8-3

Cody Martin: Both teams are riding high after wins last week and the Sun Devils are one of the hottest teams in the country. However, this is the Duel in the Desert and anything goes in rivalries.

What it comes down to is which team can perform when they get on the field. The Sun Devils will be at a severe disadvantage with Marion Grice being out of the game. Couple that with Ka'Deem Carey making one last Heisman push and the fact that the road team has won the last four meetings and I think that Arizona will be on the winning end of this one.

Arizona 38, Arizona State 35

Overall: 8-3

Jason Scheer: Marion Grice being out is obviously a big deal for Arizona and we don't really know how or if it will change anything ASU does.

What we do know is that based off pure talent, ASU is the better team. It is going to be difficult for Carey to run wild on the Sun Devils, although he will get his yards.

Denker is going to have to play well on the road, but ASU's team speed is going to make it difficult on him, especially when rolling out.

I really have no feel for this game, so I am going to go with the home team.

Arizona State 42, Arizona 38

Overall: 9-2


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