Staff Predictions: Arizona State

Arizona will face Arizona State on Friday. Read on to see how the staff believes the Territorial Cup will play out.

Michael Luke: At this point it's safe to say Arizona, with a healthy Nick Wilson, can compete with any team in the country. The dynamic freshman running back gets stronger as the game goes on and this was never more apparent than against the Utes last Saturday. Look for Wilson to have another big game as ASU doesn't have the defensive talent to stop the physical running back.

Arizona's defense is playing at a surprisingly high level right now, leading me to believe it could be a long day for the ASU offense. The turnover battle figures to decide this game.

Arizona 31, Arizona State 20

Overall: 7-4

Cody James Martin: This game a toss up in my mind. Both teams are having great seasons and when it comes to the Territorial Cup, everything goes out the window, especially in this one, where so much is on the line.

I think both teams come out firing, scoring quickly before settling in on defense. This game is going to come down to the final possession and it shouldn't be any other way.

I'm going with Arizona State in this one because Rich Rodriguez is 0-2 against the Sun Devils and I don't have any evidence that suggests Todd Graham doesn't have his number in these head-to-heads.

Arizona State 35, Arizona 34

Overall: 5-6

Jason Scheer: Anybody that says they have a good feel for this game is completely lying. The road team has been successful in this game in the past until Arizona State put an end to that last season.

The main issue I think Arizona State has is with Arizona's inside running game. Oregon State killed the Sun Devils inside and that's exactly where Arizona likes to attack. Considering that Arizona is the better running team, that is probably a concern for ASU.

The Sun Devils are likely going to sell out to stop the run and make Solomon win this game. I don't know how healthy he is going to be, but I still have a feeling the Wildcats find a way to get it done.

Arizona 38, Arizona State 34

Overall: 10-1

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