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Staff Predictions: Arizona vs. Arizona State

WildcatAuthority.com picks the winner of Saturday's Territorial Cup.

Cody James Martin: Let’s throw all caution to the wind. Both teams are bad, but this is a rivalry game and anything goes when the Arizonas meet up. Anything can happen as evidenced by the last 50 years.

Arizona could get blown out and it wouldn't be that surprising, but I'm going with the upset. The Wildcats rally together and find a way to come up big.

Arizona 28, ASU 27

Overall: 9-2

Michael Luke: Our weekly UA football rundown goes like this: ASU has the 10 best players In this game. To me the field goal point spread is baffling. ASU should run Ballage and Richard right at Arizona until Arizona is forced to put all 11 players in the box.

That's where a subpar QB in Manny Wilkins will be able to hit a wide open Tim White and N'Keal Harry. In my opinion, the freshman wide receiver is the best wide receiver prospect to enter this conference in the last 5 years.

ASU stinks,  but from a talent perspective this game shouldn't be close.As an aside, I would target Cam Denson on every pass, but it still won't matter.

Arizona State 52, Arizona 13

Overall: 8-3

Ben White: It’s hard to see why several entities are giving Arizona a chance in this game. While ASU has been one of the worst teams in the conference and currently has the worst pass defense in college football, they certainly have more talent and depth on both sides of the ball. 

ASU possess some of the best receivers in the PAC-12 with Tim White and N'Keal Harry and they'll be a bigger factor than most anticipate. While the Sun Devils should be focused primarily on running the ball and attacking Arizona's horrid rush defense, expect Todd Graham to exploit the young and experienced secondary early. 

Arizona will likely start Brandon Dawkins and as shown all season long, expect Dawkins to make mistakes and struggle to dictate any sort of pace on offense. While it would be refreshing to see the Wildcats show up in Territorial Cup, the major flaws on both sides of the ball have prevented this team being competitive week in and week out. 

ASU 35, Arizona 20 

Overall: 11-0

Jason Scheer: I think Arizona has to score early or else it will get away from the Wildcats. I would expect ASU to try to run the ball and it would be a surprise if it can’t do so with success. 

I don’t think this is going to be a high-scoring affair at all and I also don’t believe people understand how bad Arizona has been this season. Keep in mind, Arizona was only a three-point underdog against Oregon State and got blown out. Another week, another three-point underdog. 

Arizona State 45, Arizona 24

Overall: 8-3


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