Arizona State hosts Stanford in Pac-12 Tilt

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Stanford Healthy For Arizona State

The Stanford Cardinal and the Arizona State Sun Devils meet on Thursday when they battle at Sun Devil Stadium. Both teams can’t afford to lose another conference game, but especially the Sun Devils.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Stanford -2 and O/U: 57

An open date came at a good time for 24th-ranked Stanford. They expect to have running back Bryce Love in the starting lineup Thursday’s night. Love missed Stanford’s loss to Utah two weeks ago with a left ankle injury.

He is healthy and rested heading into the contest against the Sun Devils, who are also coming off a break in their schedule.

Love’s return provides an immediate boost for the Cardinal. They opened the season with four straight wins before the defense fell apart. The unit allowed an average of 39 points in back-to-back losses to No. 4 Notre Dame and Utah.

Quarterback K.J. Costello threw for 381 yards against Utah.

Stanford has won five of its last six meetings against Arizona State. The Sun Devils needs an improved defensive effort after allowing an average of 227.3 rushing yards over the past four games.

Stanford Has to Win to Have Chance at Conference Title

Stanford is 4-2 overall and 2-1  in Pac-12 play. The can’t afford a 2nd conference loss and make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Love rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns in last season’s 34-24 victory over the Sun Devils. He was sorely missed in the 40-21 loss to Utah. Stanford was held to 42 rushing yards.

Kaden Smith, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin all topped 100 receiving yards in the loss. Costello committed three turnovers and has a 12-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio through six games.

Linebackers Bobby Okereke (team-high 43 tackles) and Joey Alfieri (3.5 sacks) lead the defense. The defense has allowed only seven passing touchdowns.

Stanford is 18-5 under Shaw when coming off a loss.

Sun Devils are Primed for the Upset

Arizona State is 3-3 overall and  1-2 in Pac-12 play.

Eno Benjamin set a single-game school rushing record with 312 yards against Oregon State. He finished with 120 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado.

The Sun Devils’ explosive offense includes dynamic wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who has six touchdowns. Quarterback Manny Wilkins has thrown 11 touchdowns against one interception. He appears fully healthy following an apparent injury late in the Colorado game.

The Sun Devils have recorded only three interceptions this season. Cornerback Chase Lucas has one of those, along with 19 solo tackles. He struggled in the loss to Colorado.

Arizona State has had four of its six games decided by seven points or fewer.

The Sun Devils have committed only two turnovers this season.

PREDICTION: Arizona State 27, Stanford 24

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Next up:
Stanford home to Washington State Saturday, October 27
Arizona State at USC Saturday, October 27

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