ABC15's predictions for ASU at UCLA

Posted at 4:53 PM, Oct 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-03 19:53:30-04

The Arizona State Sun Devils opened Pac-12 play on the wrong foot last weekend when they were blown out 42-14 at home by No. 19 USC.

The Devils will look to rebound Saturday when they head to Pasadena to take on the No. 7 UCLA Bruins, who destroyed the Arizona Wildcats last week. 

Can ASU turn things around? Sun Devil alum Jason Snavely and Wildcat alum Shane Dale provide a fair and balanced take on Saturday's matchup between the Devils and Bruins, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Jason Snavely:

This game is going to be about turnovers. ASU had four turnovers in its loss to USC last Saturday, and UCLA forced three turnovers against Arizona last week. So, it's going to be about taking care of the football, which has obviously been the biggest Achilles' heel for ASU.

The Sun Devils have struggled in so many different areas. You can go down the list: missed tackles, blown assignments, mental mistakes. But overall, it's going to come down to turnovers this Saturday in LA.

UCLA 42, ASU 19

Shane Dale:

ASU's running game hasn't been the problem; Demario Richard has been fantastic for the Sun Devils. The problem has been executing in the passing game and avoiding simple mistakes and turnovers. 

In ASU coach Todd Graham's defense, the Devils' defense against USC wasn't that bad; the Trojans scored 28 points off ASU turnovers. Can ASU avoid mistakes and turnovers at UCLA? I kind of doubt it, especially with Ishmael Adams in the secondary. Mike Bercovici is probably ripe for an interception or two against the Bruins.

I just don't see ASU making a miraculous turnaround in one week from a blowout at home against USC to facing possibly an even better team on the road.

UCLA 38, ASU 17