There aren’t a ton of Power Five vs. Power Five non-conference games on deck for us this weekend, but we do have one intriguing matchup between Big Ten and Pac-12 sides. Michigan State hosts Arizona State, in a rematch of what proved to be a huge win for first-year Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards last fall.
This will be the fourth all-time game between the Spartans and Sun Devils. Michigan State won the first end of a 1985-86 home-and-home, but ASU took the return game, and last year’s meeting.
The 2018 game was not the most exciting we’ve seen. Arizona State won a slugfest, 16-13. Neither team could manage better than 2.3 yards per carry, but Manny Wilkins did some damage through the air, throwing for 380 yards and the team’s lone touchdown in the win.
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Hopefully the 2019 game brings a bit more excitement. Based on the early season results, we may be in for another slugfest.
Arizona State has surrendered 14 points through two games, wins over less-than-stellar Kent State and Sacramento State teams. Michigan State’s defense held Tulsa to just seven points, which is actually impressive considering they had just 80 total yards. Western Michigan scored 17, but gave up 51 to the Spartans.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Michigan State -15
Announcers: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey
With home field advantage, and Arizona State looking shaky early on this season, Michigan State is a pretty sizable favorite here.
Both teams are 2-0 to start the year, but the most glaring result was probably Arizona State’s Week 2 win. Sacramento State is an FCS team with a new head coach, coming off of a 2-8 season. ASU was a 36-point favorite, and only won 19-7. For a second straight game, star running back Eno Benjamin couldn’t get going. After rushing for 1,642 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, he has 171 yards on 46 carries this year. He has two touchdowns through the air, but hasn’t scored on the ground.
Against Michigan State’s rugged front, getting a rushing attack going won’t be any easier.