After a surprising 2-0 start to the season, Herm Edwards and the ASU football team fell back to earth with a loss against San Diego State last week.
Can the Sun Devils surprise the Washington Huskies in Seattle in Week 4 on Saturday night?
Judging by these early college football predictions for the game, it would be a huge surprise if they did.
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Check back later this week for Jeff Metcalfe’s ASU vs. Washington scouting report and prediction.
Theo Lawson writes: “The Huskies probably have to run the table for a shot at earning a College Football Playoff berth. They’ll encounter some tough games along the way, but I’m not sure Herm Edwards and Arizona State are quite ready to give them one.”
Jon Wilner writes: “Both teams likely to be less than 100 percent physically after rugged games last week and with ASU facing back-to-back roadies. Tough to see the Sun Devils (16 pts vs. MSU, 21 vs. SDSU) having much success moving the ball against the best defense they’ve faced, but UW’s offense is hardly operating at max efficiency. Feels like a one-score game into the fourth quarter. Final: UW 28-17 or 31-20 — something in that range.”
College Football News: Washington 24, ASU 17
Pete Fiutak writes: “The Stanford-Oregon battle will get more national love, but this will be the stronger game. It’s one of the stranger lopsided matchups in college football. Going back to 2001, Arizona State is 1-11 against the Huskies, only losing in 2016 – in Seattle. That’s going make a difference. Washington is on a ten-game home winning streak going back to the 2016 loss to USC, and has won 16 of the last 17. And this week, it’s going to hold up against the ASU defensive pressure. The Sun Devils are the absolute real deal, but this week, Washington starts to look the part as it establishes its dominance in the Pac-12 race.”
Bill Bender writes: “Washington lost to the Sun Devils on the road last season, and the Huskies allow just 10.3 points per game. The Sun Devils have won 11 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2002, but this won’t be one of them.”
Athlon Sports: Both experts pick Washington
Brett Nault writes: “Washington is by far the more talented team in this one and between the fact that the Sun Devils just don’t seem to be like the same team when they are on the road and that Washington probably wants some revenge after being upset by Arizona State last season, I think Washington does enough to cover this large home spread.”
It writes: “Arizona State suffered a letdown last week, following its big upset of a quality Big Ten opponent. So the Sun Devils could be primed for a rebound effort this week. Also, ASU won this matchup last year 13-7 down in Tempe, holding the Huskies to just 230 yards of offense. Washington is still the better team here and will probably win this game but the smart money takes Arizona State and the points.”