Arizona State at Oklahoma State Prediction for Week 2

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Arizona State Sun Devils

Don't underestimate Arizona State in the Pac-12; this is a very good football team that should be able to compete with the top teams in college football. All of the focus was on USC this offseason because of the Lincoln Riley move, but the Sun Devils quietly had a great offseason themselves because of the transfer portal. Former Florida quarterback Emory Jones has joined the team, and the only reason he is even in Arizona is because of Anthony Richardson. Jones is still a good QB that can get the job done, and he showed that in the 40-3 win over Northern Arizona in Week 1. Former Wyoming RB Xazavian Valladay also joined the squad through the transfer portal, and should have a great season behind this offensive line.

Oklahoma State better be careful here. The Sun Devils have a very good team, and with the flaws they showed in their 58-44 win over Central Michigan, could misstep here. Chippewas QB Daniel Richardson went off, and RB Lew Nichols was able to do okay despite being bottled up for most of the game. The defense was exposed, and Arizona State can take advantage of that.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys

While the defense had its issues, the offense for Oklahoma State went off against Central Michigan. They were completely whipping them until they started to let their foot off the gas, and that's when the Chippewas started to make their comeback. The offense was literally unstoppable in the first half of the game, and QB Spencer Sanders was fantastic with over 400 passing yards, four touchdown passes, and two touchdown runs. He simply couldn't be stopped, and his offense put up 58 points on the board. The defense was good up until the final quarter, and then they collapsed to make it a game again.

I feel like that letdown will energize the defense for the Cowboys to play a little better for 60 minutes this week. The offense should be able to do what they do, just not as great as they were able to against Central Michigan.

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Arizona State at Oklahoma State Prediction

The Sun Devils will be better than most people will give them credit for in 2022, but Oklahoma State is just the better team, and I think they felt a little embarrassed by that performance last week on defense. Jones and Valladay will make some plays to be sure, but I don't think they will make enough of them to get over the Cowboys, whose offense won't be as great as last week but should be able to do enough to get the win here.

In terms of the spread, 11 is just a bit too much for me to lay with Oklahoma State. I could see them winning by 10, a nice round number, and Arizona State covering the +11 line. I'll take the Sun Devils to cover, but the Cowboys to win.

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