Arizona State vs Northern Arizona prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Thursday September 1
Arizona State vs. Northern Arizona How to watch
Date: Thursday, September 1
Game Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
How to watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Arizona State (0-0), Northern Arizona (0-0)
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Arizona State vs Northern Arizona Match Preview
Why Northern Arizona Will Win
Lumberjacks know how to run the ball, and they’ll try to slow things down a bit by grinding it up.
6-2, 225 pounds, Kevin Daniels rushed for 1,146 yards and seven touchdowns last year with a good burst to go along with his power. He and eight other starters are returning to an effective offense that might not connect on the deep ball, but should have some success against an ASU defense that’s missing key elements down the line.
On the other side, the Northern Arizona defense might have their issues, but they take the ball away in clusters. He has to force a bevy of errors against an ASU offense that is about to start again. However …
Why Arizona State will win
The defense of northern Arizona is going to be worked.
Yes, ASU’s Jayden Daniels is now at LSU, but the quarterback’s situation will be fine with Florida transfer Emory Jones and Alabama transfer Paul Tyson good enough to exploit the mediocre secondary.
NAU might have a running game, but Arizona State’s will be better. Wyoming transfer Xazavian Valladay should be in for a huge season, Jones – if he locks down the gig – is dangerous on the move, and there shouldn’t be much of a problem against a D who gave up 439 yards per game and now has to replace five starters.
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what’s going to happen
Northern Arizona managed to shock Arizona last year, and that’s going to bring a lot of fighting and hard work – picking up a win in that area would make the season.
The Arizona state of 2022 is not the Arizona of 2021.
The Sun Devils will go for over 200 yards and control the clock throughout. NAU will have the ball for about 26 minutes, the offense won’t get enough from the passing game, and it will be a good game for ASU to cool off.
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Arizona State vs Northern Arizona Prediction, Line
Arizona State 38, Northern Arizona 10
Line: Arizona State -25.5, o/u: 50.5
Confidence ATS out of 5: 2
Arizona State vs. Northern Arizona Must See Rating: 1.5
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