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Predictions: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes

Predictions: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes
Posted at 9:50 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 21:50:20-04

Coming off a dominant win over Oregon State last weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils are a perfect 3-0 at home. 

But the Devils are still looking for their first road victory of the season, and they'll have a chance to get it when they travel to Boulder to face the undefeated No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes in a matinee matchup.

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Will the Devils get it done and improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12? Here are a pair of predictions for Saturday's game, which will begin at 1 p.m. Arizona time. sportswriter Shane Dale

Yes, Colorado is the Pac-12's only remaining undefeated team -- but check the Buffaloes' level of competition. Victories over three teams that have yet to win a game -- New Hampshire, UCLA and Nebraska -- aren't terribly impressive.

ASU is more battle tested, beating a ranked Michigan State team and pushing a top-10 Washington team to the limit in Seattle. Look for the Sun Devils, who have a Pac-12-best 18 sacks, to harass Colorado quarterback Steven Montez in a way he hasn't experienced this season. On offense, look for this to be the week the Devils rediscover wide receiver and future first-round NFL draft pick N'Keal Harry. 

The Sun Devils are still looking for their first road win under Herm Edwards, and I like their chances to get it Saturday against a Buffaloes team that's not as good as their record suggests. ASU 35, Colorado 28

1580 The Fanatic host Eric Cohen

The most amazing stat about this game is the disparity between the records from the teams both ASU and Colorado have faced this season: ASU's opponents are 13-10, while Colorado's opponents are 1-16. The Buffaloes didn't expect both Nebraska and UCLA to be so awful this season, but we have to throw out what the Buffs have done this season before picking this game.

To me, it's a virtual toss-up.  Would I be shocked if either team won the game? No way. But the fact that it's at home for Colorado, and that the Steven Montez-Laviska Shenault Jr. QB-WR connection is averaging nearly 150 yards and a touchdown per game gives CU a slight advantage. 

In a high-scoring and entertaining affair, I'll take the Buffs to start a surprising 5-0. Colorado 31, ASU 27