The Stanford Cardinal and Arizona State Sun Devils will be playing for a trip to the Rose Bowl on Saturday in the Pac 12 Championship Game. Unlike other major conferences, the Pac 12 title game is played in a team’s home stadium. The Sun Devils get this one at home, with the Cardinal coming into town.
Sat., Dec.7, 2013 @ 7:45pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, tempe, AZ
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ASU by 3 ~ 62 o/u @ BetOnline
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These two met earlier in the season back on Sept. 21, with Stanford coming away with a 42-28 win. But that score is more closer than the game actually was for anyone that watched it. The Cardinal put that one away very early. Had it not been for 21 fourth-quarter points, it would have looked a lot worse. Stanford got up on Arizona State 39-7 at the end of three quarters.
But that was the only conference loss for the Sun Devils, and they have been a new team over the past two months. A string of seven-straight victories has Arizona State playing confident on both sides of the ball.
As for Stanford, it’s been an interesting season. The Cardinal were a top-five team before inexplicably losing to unranked Utah on the road. And just when you thought they were out of it, Stanford bounces back and dominates Oregon. From there, the Cardinal had control of the Pac 12 North. That was until another upset loss, this time to USC. Once again the division was out of their control and back into Oregon’s. But then the Ducks got blown out by Arizona and Stanford regained control – this time not losing it.
And now we’ve arrived at the Pac 12 Championship game. It’s a good bet that the two teams will be looking back on the matchup from September. But just three games into the season there is an argument to be made that neither is the same team. Both should be careful not to rely too much on game tape from that matchup.
Of course, we know what Stanford is going to do. Line up 10 guys and run it right at Arizona State with the 11th with a few passes sprinkled in here and there.
Both of these teams can score a lot of points. Arizona State actually ranks in the top-10 in the country in scoring, putting up more than 43 points per game.