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How and what to watch for UCLA vs. Arizona State

The Arizona State Sun Devils will be back on the field for the first time in a month when they face off against the UCLA Bruins.

UCLA Bruins defensive back Stephan Blaylock runs back an interception in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils will be on the football field for the first time in a month when they take on the UCLA Bruins Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET in Tempe, AZ.

The Bruins (2-2) are trying to compete the Arizona sweep as they defeated the Arizona Wildcats 27-10 last week. In that game, UCLA leaned on running back Demetric Felton, who rushed for a season-high 206 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. Running back Brittain Brown had a good game with 98 yards on 18 touches and two touchdowns.

For the second-straight game, UCLA will be going with freshman quarterback Chase Griffin, who is starting in place of Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Last week, Griffin completed 12-of-20 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

The Sun Devils (0-1) have not played since the regular season opener against the USC Trojans on November 7. Arizona State saw their head coach Herm Edwards test positive for COVID-19 and had three games canceled because of the virus. That being said, it will be interesting to see how rusty ASU is when the game kicks off Saturday night.

In the regular season opener against USC, they lost 28-27 thanks to an improbable fourth-quarter comeback. Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels completed 11-of-23 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also was the game’s leading rusher with 111 yards.

Defensively, the Sun Devils’ pass defense struggled as USC signal caller Kedon Slovis torched them 381 yards, two touchdowns, and had an interception. Receivers Drake London and Amon-Ra St. Brown gave them fits too, combining for 15 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch UCLA vs. Arizona State on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UCLA vs. Arizona State (-3)
Point Total: 55.5
Money line: UCLA (+117) vs. Arizona State (-148)

  • Since the 2019 season, UCLA has a record of 2-5 straight up in its last seven games.
  • However, the Bruins are pretty good against the spread when it comes to ASU, with a record of 12-5 in its last 17 games.
  • Going back to last season, the Sun Devils have a record of 7-1 straight up in its last eight games at home.
  • The point total went over in seven of Arizona State’s last 10 games against the boys from Los Angeles.

The Best Bet

It’s tough to make a pick here because we do not know what type of ASU team we’ll see Saturday. They haven’t played since Nov. 7 against USC, where they did cover the spread despite losing in unimaginable fashion. And they are going up against a UCLA team that has played competitively this entire season, even in their losses to Colorado and Oregon.

Pick: UCLA (+3)

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