Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The House of Sparky staff gives their predictions for today's massive Pac-12 South showdown.
Kickoff is nigh, Sun Devil Nation!
As such, we give you our final game predictions for this crucial Pac-12 battle between Arizona State and UCLA.
Brad Denny: ASU wins 34-28
This is going to be a hard fought, closely contested game, much like last year's battle. While each team should be able to score some points, the relentless attacking by each defense should be in line for some turnovers. This will be a be a major test to see how ASU responds after such a embarrassing setback. If they can come out strong and get Taylor Kelly in a rhythm and keep him protected, the Sun Devil defense should be able to hold a lead for a big South division victory...provided it doesn't come down to a field goal. Game MVP: Chris Coyle
Cory Williams: ASU wins 30-19
DJ Foster is essential to the team's success, and his exciting dual-threat action will throw the porous UCLA defense for a loop. Taylor Kelly revives his good season and ASU becomes bowl-eligible nice and early. Game MVP: DJ Foster
Ben Haber: ASU wins 31-24
ASU and UCLA both weigh in at 5-2. The Bruins need a victory to stay alive in PAC-12 South play, while the Sun Devils are aiming to get revenge for last season. Both teams feature good offenses, quarterbacked by Brent Hundley and Taylor Kelly respectfully. UCLA's top 20 offense is predicated on ground and pound football; tail back Johnathan Franklin is leading the conference with 878 rushing yards. The Sun Devils biggest weakness all season has been stopping the run. In addition, ASU star defensive tackle Will Sutton is unlikely to play, meaning the task of controlling Franklin seems unlikely. However, UCLA's defense has been struggling all year. Expect Kelly and company to get back on track and put together a high-octane type performance. Another interesting story line that could play a factor is the return of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. I'm very intrigued to see how ASU bounces back after getting dismantled by Oregon on national television. Brandon Magee said it best; these teams are pretty evenly matched. I totally agree, therefore I'm giving ASU the advantage at home. Game MVP: Taylor Kelly
Nick Marek: ASU wins 28-24
No need to look at the past. ASU is seeking revenge after being embarrassed on national television a week ago. Fortunately, the final score against Oregon looked a lot better than the actual game because ASU scored twice against Oregon's second string. UCLA and ASU each have 5-2 records and are seeking bowl eligibility this weekend. The Sun Devils turned the ball over four times against a much improved Oregon defense and UCLA will have troubles stopping ASU's up-tempo style. UCLA should keep up with the maroon and gold in the scoring department with a banged up Sun Devils defense. Will Sutton's status is still up in the air. ASU will have a nice rebound win, but it wont be a walk in the park. Duel threat quarterbacks like the Bruins' Brett Hundley have proven to be a problem in the past against ASU. The Sun Devils escape with a 28-24 victory at home and look to top ten opponents Oregon State and USC before Thanksgiving. MVP: D.J. Foster
Ryan Bafaloukos: ASU wins 31-27
I am very tempted to go with the Bruins here because of their rushing offense. Jonathan Franklin has over 800 yards rushing and Brett Hundley is a duel-threat at quarterback. Without Will Sutton, ASU gave up over 400 yards rushing against Oregon. Now I know that it was Oregon, but if the Sun Devils allow half that total to UCLA, ASU could end up on the losing side of this one. Couple stats to watch out for, ASU is 9th in the Pac-12 in red-zone offense this year. Only scoring 72.5% of its trips inside the red-zone, against the Bruins, every touchdown will matter so ASU needs TD's in the red-zone. UCLA has committed 16 turnovers this season, including nine fumbles. UCLA's last road game was a 43-17 throttling at the hands of Cal and I believe that this ASU team is too well coached to have terrible games back-to-back. Look for it to be close, but the Sun Devils win, 31-27. Game MVP: D.J. Foster