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Utah has held up well over the last two weeks against USC and Arizona, surrendering only two touchdowns and a combined 298 yards. The real issue is the Utes’ trouble with generating turnovers in the passing game. Utah ranks dead last in the Pac-12 with only two interceptions all season, a stat that as been an issue since the season opener. Utah ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with an average of 252 yards per game given up.

ASU ranks near the middle of the Pac-12 in most pass defense categories. The Sun Devils are sixth in the conference with 11 interceptions and are third in the conference for yards surrendered with 217 yards per game. Corner Osahon Irabor and safety Robert Nelson have been solid in the defensive backfield for ASU and is a player to watch in this game.

Edge: ASU

Prediction: It’s hard to imagine with Wilson’s questionable hand injury and the recent struggles of the Utah offense that the Utes can keep up with ASU. The Sun Devils are too prolific offensively and will press Utah to keep up, creating the potential for more forced throws from Wilson and the potential for more turnovers. Grice will score at least twice and the Sun Devils will run away with a 37-21 victory.

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