Greg Moore and Michelle Gardner share their thoughts on the big ASU vs. Michigan State game.
Brian Snyder, Arizona Republic
The Arizona State football team faces a tough test on the road Saturday against Michigan State, which is currently No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
Can the Sun Devils shock the Spartans in East Lansing?
According to the early line for the game and some early predictions, Herm Edwards’ team isn’t being given much of a chance.
ASU is an 11-point underdog in the game (and some have the line even higher).
Whet your appetite for the Michigan State vs. ASU game with these early picks.
The game is at 1 p.m. Arizona time Saturday and can be seen on Fox.
The Arizona Republic: Michigan State 24, ASU 10
Michelle Gardner writes: “The ASU offense has yet to prove it can move the ball consistently and this foe is light years better than any the Sun Devils have faced this season. It’s also the first road test for a lot of true freshmen, so it will be up to the defense to keep the game close, much like last year.”
The Arizona Republic: Michigan State 35, Arizona State 13
Emily Horos writes: “Lightning isn’t going to strike twice. ASU pulled off the upset last season, thanks in large part to an experienced quarterback in Manny Wilkins. The team is now inexperienced at quarterback and elsewhere on the field. On a positive note, the Sun Devils will get the chance to play in front of a large crowd for the first time this season as the Spartans have average more than 25,000 more fans per game this season.”
The Arizona Republic: Michigan State 28, ASU 17
Jeff Metcalfe writes: “Reality is it will take a genuine upset for ASU to beat the No. 19 Spartans for a second straight year. The Sun Devils are too young, with too many holes to pull that off on the road.”
The Arizona Republic: ASU 21, Michigan State 20
Greg Moore writes: “Michigan State is a heavy favorite, but what if coach Herm Edwards has a trick or two in mind? The Sun Devils aren’t going to be able to run on the Spartans. So what if ASU getscreative and starts throwing the ball all over the field? After all, the Sun Devils did have 380 passing yards in the home win over MSU last year.”
The Arizona Republic: Michigan State 24, Arizona State 10
Kent Somers writes: “Michigan State is strong defensively and a work in progress on offense. That sounds familiar to Arizona State and coach Herm Edwards, who have similar issues. Something might have to give when the Spartans and Sun Devils meet on Saturday. Let’s hope it’s those hideous phosphorescent uniforms Michigan State wore last week. ASU just doesn’t have enough offense to beat a team like this on the road.”
Sporting News: Michigan State 27, ASU 17
Bill Bender writes: “Freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels gets his first big test on the road against a veteran Michigan State defense that stuffs the run and creates turnovers. The Sun Devils have been good on defense, too. This will be tight.”
Sporting News: Michigan State 30, Arizona State 20
Zac Al-Khateeb writes: “Herm Edwards’ squad scored one of the biggest upsets of the early season last, beating Michigan State 16-13 in Tempe. Will the same hold true in East Lansing in 2019? Not if Michigan State’s defense has anything to say about it. The Spartans lead the country in rushing defense with minus-6 rushing yards through two games. It will be paramount for Arizona State’s chances to have a good game from running back Eno Benjamin, but he has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry this season. If ASU is forced to become one-dimensional on offense, this could be a long game.”
The Big Lead: Michigan State 37, Arizona State 11
Kyle Koster writes: “The Spartans are still allowing negative rushing yards on the season. Elijah Collins looks like a breakout running star for Michigan State, who shockingly opened up the offense against Western Michigan. Herm Edwards won a notoriously ugly matchup last season and this one will be ugly for an entirely different reason.”
The Big Lead: Michigan State 28, ASU 17
Liam McKeone writes: “The defense is as expected and the offense better than expected for the Spartans, and they’re at home. They’ll walk away with a big win.”
The Big Lead: Michigan State 38, ASU 13
Ryan Phillips writes: The Spartans are actually scoring points this season and Arizona State’s 2-0 start came over two awful opponents. The Sun Devils barely handled FCS Sacramento State in Week 2. Sparty rolls at home.
The Big Lead: Michigan State 30, ASU 17
Brian Giuffra writes: “A Pac-12 team on the road vs a Big Ten opponent team at home typically isn’t a recipe for success, especially with the way the Spartans have won at home so far this year.”