Arizona State vs. Colorado: Game Predictions

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The House of Sparky staff gives their predictions for tonight's ASU vs. Colorado game

You've read our in-depth preview. You've checked out our Q&A with a Colorado insider. Now it's time for our predictions.

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Brad Denny: ASU wins 52-13

The Sun Devils have the vastly superior team in all phases of the game. As such, they must start fast, play sharp and put the game away early. The last thing ASU can do is get caught looking ahead to Oregon and committing stupid mistakes that can quickly even this game up. If they can play the brand of focused and disciplined football that we have seen, they should win this one handily and have the backups get plenty of reps in the second half. Game MVP: Carl Bradford

Nick Marek: ASU wins 38-10

Would you rather take a 1-4 Buffalo team or the Sun Devils who are just outside of the Top 25 and all of their games this season have been televised? ASU is hungry at this point of the season. They are just two wins away from being bowl eligible and the Thursday night game against Colorado is about the only remaining automatic win left on the schedule. Just a year ago, Colorado had the worst scoring defense and offense in the Pac-12. Colorado's offensive line will be worked by ASU's pass rush all night. The Buffs are only 33 percent on third down conversions and have already turned the ball over 11 times this season. The Sun Devils will tear up Boulder, and Todd Graham drives back to Tempe with a 5-1 record and No. 2 Oregon awaiting. Game MVP: Will Sutton

Ben Haber: ASU wins 52-10

ASU is simply better than Colorado. The Sun Devils head into Bolder at 4-1, while the Buffs are 1-4. Statistically speaking, CU has the worst offense in the entire Pac-12, and ASU has the premier defense, allowing only 13.6 per contest. Essentially, Buffs quarterback Jordan Webb is going to struggle big time. The biggest mismatch will be ASU's beastly defensive line against Colorado's mediocre offensive line. Expect Will Sutton, Junior Onyeali and company to live in the backfield. Offensively, Taylor Kelly and his wide receivers are finally in sync, therefore the Buffs secondary will have few answers for Rashad Ross's speed or Chris Coyle's precise route running. This match-up is clearly one sided, and I expect the scoreboard to indicate so. Game MVP: Chris Young

Ryan Bafaloukos: ASU wins 45-14

I do not believe this coaching staff will let the Sun Devils take this Colorado team lightly. Although the Buffaloes on paper are much inferior to the Sun Devils, on the road in the Pac-12, anything can happen. What scares me a little bit is Colorado is taking this game like their bowl game, with national television and a capacity crowd expected. Look for Colorado to come out with a lot of momentum and ASU might have to weather an early storm. That being said this team has too much talent on offense and ASU will be able to score at will against a Colorado defense that allows 39.4 PPG. Look for ASU to have a big second half and come out of Boulder with a blowout win. Game MVP: Marion Grice

Cory Williams: ASU wins 47-17

Colorado just can't handle Will Sutton. The guy is going to explode for a sack or two and some essential tackles for loss. Chris Young will continue his torrid campaign as the spur, and Carl Bradford will be a force on defense once again. I can't say enough how important the defense is to the success of ASU in 2012, as the offense, while scoring a lot of points, has struggled to run the ball with any level of proficiency. That could change tonight as Cameron Marshall aims to get the monkey off his back and earn his first 100-yard rushing game of his senior year. Big points in the thin air for Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devils offense. Oregon, here we come and we're not to be flexed with. Game MVP: Cameron Marshall

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