Over/under win totals for PAC-12 Conference in 2015
Arizona: 7 (over -150, under +110)
Arizona State: 8.5 (+130, under -170)
Cal: 5 (over -130, under -110)
Colorado: 4.5 (over -140, under +100)
Oregon: 9.5 (over -165, under +125)
Oregon State: 4 (over -110, under -130)
Stanford: 9 (over +100, under -140)
UCLA: 9.5 (over +100, under -140)
USC: 8.5 (over -105, under -135)
Utah: 7.5 (over -7.5, under -110)
Washington: 4 (over -185, under +145)
Washington State: 5 (over -130, under -110)
5Dimes, via CBS Sports
In my time here at Pacific Takes, I have always taught you to invest wisely, whether it be on Heisman trophy odds too early for even the biggest degenerate or on odds of your team winning March Madness versus something hilarious and/or horrible happening to you. So when 5Dimes released ASU's win total over/under at just a measly 8.5, I was more than ready to tell you all 5Dimes was giving away free money again. Coach Todd Graham doesn't get out of bed for anything less than double digit wins. Even if I went through this game by game, this should be a no brainer, right?
In the words of the great Lee Corso, "Hawaii doesn't win many games in the United States." Wait, that's not it.
Sept. 5th: (at) Texas A&M - L (0-1)
With NRG Stadium just two hours away from College Stadium, the site for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff is anything, but neutral. It has Texas in the name, for God's sake.
Moving on, Texas A&M was led last season by Kyle Allen and Sumlin's deadly spread attack, compensating for a defense ranked outside of the top 100 in the FBS. While Arizona State's defense is far more formidable than A&M's, Sumlin's offenses have shown the uncanny ability to go tit for tat with any other in the nation; just ask Auburn and Gus Malzahn. With Kyle Allen already having big game experience and the true 12th Man in tow, Mike Bercovici, in his first game as the Arizona State's unquestioned QB, will struggle to keep up. Nevertheless, except a shootout come the first Saturday in September.
Sept. 12th: Cal Poly - W (1-1)
My middle school mascot was the Mustang. Unless my deep seeded feelings of nostalgia affect the outcome of football games in a similar fashion to Buffalo Wild Wings, ASU will handle their business in their home opener.
Sept. 18th: New Mexico - W (2-1)
Last year when we were seeing Bob Davie's weird spread option offense for the first time in the ABQ, I thought there was some cause for concern. With round two in Tempe, I don't think it's ever really close.
Sept. 25th: USC - W (3-1)
USC fans would love nothing more than to see their Trojans march down to Tempe and trample the Devils underfoot to make up for the last two years of remorseless heartbreak handed down by Arizona's finest. Alas, that will not be the case.
The Devils stumbled into Los Angeles last season, lead by a battered quarterback following his first start and utter beat down delivered at the hands of UCLA. This was their first meeting since Sparky beat the Trojans so badly, they left Lane Kiffin behind at LAX. Then come actual game time, it proceeded to spiral into an all out shootout, the exact game Coach Sark could have hoped for. And ASU still won.
With losses on the USC defensive side, Arizona State coming in way more offensively prepared and that coveted 100+ degree homefield advantage, the Devils will come away with the victory in another barn burner.
Oct. 3rd: (at) UCLA - L (3-2)
ASU fans would love nothing more than to dish out some much deserved revenge to the team that carved their initials into Frank Kush Field. Alas, that will not be the case.
No Brett Hundley? No problem. The Bruins return 17 of last year's 22 starters, including the dangerous Myles Jack on the defense and elusive Paul Perkins on the offense. After a big win over Los Angeles' other team, the Devils might have that big win hangover that's cost them in the past (beavers are still my least favorite animal). If Oregon State made us pay for our post victory grogginess, UCLA could beat us
down with a kettlebell handily.
Oct. 10th: Colorado - W (4-2)
Arizona State has not lost to Colorado since the Buffs joined college football's western-most conference. Despite closing the gap to just a 14 point margin of defeat last season, the Buffs would face the brunt of ASU's post UCLA aggression and just aren't good enough yet to overcome it. Expect October 10th at Sun Devil Stadium to compare slightly to when you way over hunt in Oregon Trail.
Oct. 17th: (at) Utah - W (5-2)
Despite the pesky Utes coming very close to beating the Devils in the previous two seasons, this won't be Utah's year either. With USC their next game on the horizon and the ASU offense (hopefully) firing on all cylinders at this point, Utah may be a little too complacent at home and fall victim to the Devils in a close game, yet again.
Oct. 29th: Oregon - L (5-3)
A common theme you've probably noticed throughout this article is that history is doomed to repeat itself. So does anyone remember what happened the last time the Ducks flew down to Tempe on a Thursday night with a first year starting quarterback? No, not the fact that ASU thought putting "Black Out or Back Out" on free t-shirts was a good idea. To quickly refresh your memory, the halftime score was 43 - 7.
Then it was Marcus Mariota, surrounded by DAT, Kenjon Barner, Colt Lyerla and Josh Huff. This time it could be Vernon Adams, surrounded by Royce Freeman, Thomas Tyner, and Byron Marshall.
History is again doomed to repeat itself, but that doesn't make the heartbreak any easier.
Nov. 7th: (at) Washington State - W (6-3)
As long as there isn't a cyclone on this visit to Washington, the Devils should roll over the pass happy Cougars. And if there is a cyclone, we'll get to see if Mike Leach does in fact know how to run the ball. To be honest, I'm rooting for the cyclone. Watching Coach Leach force his quarterbacks to huck passes directly into the wind, then watching them dead duck spiral back into their faces would be must watch television.
Nov. 14th: Washington - W (7-3)
Considering Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson are both suiting up for NFL teams and, even with them, the Huskies couldn't defeat even a single ranked team last season, ASU doesn't have a ton to worry about this time around. Add in zero chance of cyclone and the Huskies' chances look even worse.
Nov. 21st: Arizona - W (8-3)
Michael Crow would kick me out of school if I wasn't a homer with this selection. With the game in Tempe, expect the Devils to raise the Territorial Cup after what I'm sure will be a terrific game. Hey Tucson, Taylor Kelly can't save you now. It's Berco time.
Nov. 28th: Cal - L (8-4)
IT'S A TRAP. Following what should end every Arizona State regular season (stupid conferences and their rules), ASU will travel up to Berkeley to play the Golden Bears. With dark horse Heisman contender Jared Goff at the helm, Cal could upend a physically and emotionally drained Sun Devil team right before bowl selection time. An upset to end the regular season could cap off a stellar Heisman campaign for Goff and would be possible if the Devils are too eager for bowl season.
Oh and don't forget, Sparky always does really well in games we should win... We'll see you next year OSU.