Staff Predictions: Arizona vs. Arizona State

Arizona heads to Tempe to take on Arizona State Sunday and makes its predictions.

Cody James Martin: I have been legitimately torn on this game all week long. With Anu Solomon likely not playing this week, it seems like ASU would have the upper hand. However, this is one of the oldest rivalry games in the country and we all know that anything can happen. In the past, there have been several unlikely heroes on both sides of the ball and this year, I think Jerrard Randall is the key to Arizona’s victory.

The senior quarterback goes out on top of the Sun Devils with 150 yards rushing and 200 yards through the air. Both teams move the ball and score, but Randall, Nick Wilson and the rest of the Arizona offense gets to the end zone a few more times and keeps the Territorial Cup in Tucson.

Arizona 38, Arizona State 28

Overall: 9-2

Michael Luke: This could be a tough match up for Arizona. ASU is far from a great team, but the Sun Devils have a solid down hill rushing attack and Arizona's defense has struggled with similar rushing attacks throughout the season. Jerrard Randall is expected to be the starter at quarterback and I just can't imagine him being able to come in and lead Arizona to victory against a Sun Devil defense that is actually good against the run.

Arizona State 24, Arizona 17

Overall: 8-3

Jason Scheer: There's really no reason for me to pick Arizona here. Arizona State has two running backs that can hurt the Wildcats and a quarterback that will likely attack Arizona's weakness covering deep attacks. On offense, the Wildcats will be one dimensional with Randall at quarterback and Arizona State will be run blitzing almost the entire game.

Still, if I have learned one thing about this game it is to expect the unexpected. Randall doesn't need to win this game for Arizona. He needs to be able to hit the occasional slant and attack the edges. I think the Sun Devils makes a few mistake sby overpursuing Randall and he takes advantage, running for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Your player of the game? Welcome back, Nick Wilson.

Arizona 38, Arizona State 35

Overall: 8-3

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