Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Wildcats’

Territorial Cup Preview: Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Wildcats

November 30, 2010

The annual rivalry game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona Sun Devils, the Territorial Cup, gets the national spotlight on Thursday, December 2, 2010 with the Wildcats needing a win to secure a quality bowl invitation after limping down the stretch run dropping three straight.

The NCAA football odds list the Wildcats as six-point betting favorites with an over/under of 55.

This game features the two best passing offenses in the Pac 10 with Arizona’s 314.0 yards per game good for ninth in the nation and Arizona State’s 288.2 yards being good enough for twelfth.

Both of these teams have rather middling defenses with the Sun Devils being better against the run, but the Wildcats having a slight advantage in points (20.8-24.6) and total yards (339.5-362.5). Expect both teams to be effective moving the ball.

The Arizona State Sun Devils will be without their starting quarterback Steven Threet due to a concussion, but backup Brock Osweiler looked good in relief picking up 380 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the UCLA Bruins last week in a 55-34 blowout.

The Arizona Wildcats meanwhile has struggled to three straight losses falling to the Stanford Cardinal (13), USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks (1). Stanford and Oregon clearly out-classed them and USC used the run to control the game and eke out the win, something that the Wildcats won’t have to worry about against the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils are 6-2-1 ATS this season while the Wildcats are 3-7 ATS. While losses to the top teams in the Pac 10 are not a reason to panic, Arizona is has a rather large number to cover against a team that they don’t have any big matchup advantage over.

While an outright upset seems a little unlikely, the six points is too much to ignore for any CFB betting enthusiast.

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The Wildcats vs. The Rockets – Match Preview – College Football

September 4, 2010

To open up the season on Friday night, the Arizona Wildcats will take on the Toledo Rockets. With what looks to be a bit of a lopsided matchup, these two teams will start the season. The isn’t a popular one at the NCAAF lines too.

From the Pac-10, the Arizona Wildcats are a team. In college football, the Pac-10 is known as one of the top conferences. For the national championship or other BCS bowl games, the conference puts out teams that are perennial contenders. The Wildcats managed to win 8 games while only losing 5 on the season, even in this sort of a conference while only losing 5 on the season. Against those strong teams in the league, the Wildcats went 6-3 in conference play.

The Rockets in the meanwhile did not have such a great season. In the MAC-west, play the Rockets. A league of high notoriety is not the team MAC. Than the other conferences in football, the competition is generally a bit lower and the top teams are often able to feed off of the bottom teams.

On the season, even in the MAC the Rockets only managed to win 5 of their 12 games. They managed to win 3 out of 8 games in their conference play. They will be a team that will keep up with the Arizona Wildcats is not suggested by this sort of performance.

Wildcats are by no means guaranteed to win, although they will be the favorites. For having up and down seasons, they have been known for and they have never shown the same consistency as many of the teams in the Pac-10. Look for each team to prove that they are a real threat in 2010.

Wildcats favored over No. 16 BYU in Las Vegas Bowl

December 16, 2008

The NCAA Football bowl schedule officially kicks off Saturday with four games, including the No. 16 BYU Cougars facing the favored Arizona Wildcats in the Las Vegas Bowl, the only matchup involving a Top 25-ranked team.

Arizona is a 3-point favorite with -105 juice at Sportsbooks. The Wildcats are a -145 moneyline favorite at Sportsbooks, and the over/under total is 61.5.

The game is being played at Sam Boyd Stadium (8 pm ET, ESPN).

The teams have split their past two meetings, while BYU has covered the spread in both games. They last squared off on Sept. 1, 2007, when the Cougars won 20-7 as 3.5-point home favorites.

In their final game of the season, BYU (10-2 SU, 3-8 ATS) was beaten 48-24 by Utah as 7-point underdogs. The score went well over the total of 55.

Arizona (7-5 SU and ATS) beat Arizona State 31-10 in their regular-season finale. Arizona covered the 10.5-point spread and the score fell under the total of 49.

On the injury front, BYU tight end Dennis Pitta (MCL) is listed as probable for Saturday.

BYU is 20-2 SU in its past 22 games, but 1 -7 ATS in its past eight. The total has gone over in four of BYU’s past five. Arizona is 11-5 ATS in its past 16.

BYU is a 3-point underdog, with -115 juice, and a +125 moneyline dog at Sportsbooks.