The Arizona State Sun Devils turned some heads with a victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in Week 2 and have climbed into the No. 23 spot in the polls as a result. This Saturday they’ll look to build upon that momentum and beat the college football odds yet again, this time lined up against the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal.
Not only do the Sun Devils face their presumably highest-ranked opponent of the 2013 season, though, it’s also a conference rival to boot. Considering the uncertainty in the Pac-12 early this year, it’s games like these that could be the difference between a year of contention and a year on the proverbial sidelines.
The Stanford Cardinal have 14/1 odds of winning the BCS National Championship this season, so if Arizona State wants to build on their reputation, a mid-September victory could go a long way.
Early college football odds lean in favor of the Cardinal (-7.5), but moneyline superiority clearly wasn’t enough to protect the Badgers last Saturday.