Predict ASU football schedule for 2022 game by game

Expectations are low for the Arizona State Sun Devils heading into the 2022 college football season.

FanDuel Sportsbook has ASU’s win total at 5.5, which is below the eligible mark of six bowl wins, and some across the country have the team finishing below that mark.

I think coach Herm Edwards will extend his streak to five consecutive .500-plus seasons, but not by much.

Of the 12 games, I see four as sure wins, four as losses, and four that could go either way, which when the time came, I split 2-2, to give the Sun Devils a 6-6 record and eligibility in bowling season. . But as we’ve grown accustomed to with ASU, there will probably be as much of a surprise win as a loss somewhere.

So, with my floor at 4-8 and ceiling at 8-4, let’s take a look at Arizona State’s schedule, game by game:

Sept. 1 vs. Northern Arizona: WIN (1-0)

NAU should not be taken lightly given the Lumberjacks’ win over Arizona in Tucson last year and the fact that this will be the first game all 43 new ASU players will play together. But given the talent advantages the Sun Devils have over the Lumberjacks, as well as being the home opener in Tempe, Arizona State should cruise to a landslide victory.

Sept. 10 at No. 12 Oklahoma State – LOSS (1-1)

This is going to be a tough game for ASU. With Stillwater’s average high of 90 degrees and 40% humidity in early September, it’s probably going to be a hot and muggy start at 6:30 pm (4:30 Arizona time). And then there’s the No. 12-ranked Cowboys football team, which will be looking to make a run in the college football playoffs after defeating Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to end last season. Nothing bodes well for ASU in this contest as OSU has more talent, head coach Mike Gundy is in his 17th year at the helm and Boone Pickens Stadium should be raucous and loud for the national television matchup.

Sept. 17 vs. Eastern Michigan: WIN (2-1)

Following a loss, Arizona State will be motivated to bounce back before the conference game, and Edwards said the first three games will indicate what kind of team the 2022 Sun Devils are. You can’t take any opponent lightly in football. , but Arizona State won’t want to bother at home about a program other than Power Five. However, I think this will also be the last time the Sun Devils are above .500 for the season.

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September 24 vs. No. 7 Utah — LOSS (2-2)

Although at home, this is ASU’s toughest matchup all year. Last season’s second-half meltdown against the Utes, where the Sun Devils were outscored 28-0 after leading 21-7 at the half, will give the Sun Devils plenty of reason to be locked up. But Cameron Rising has proven that he is a legitimate star college quarterback, and Utah has always been known for its running game, defense and special teams under coach Kyle Whittingham’s 17-year tenure. The Utes also rank No. 7 in the AP preseason top 25 poll for no reason and could move up a spot or two when they play Arizona State if they can handle Florida, southern Utah and San Diego State before meeting. to the Sun Devils.

Oct. 1 at No. 14 USC — LOSS (2-3)

This will be the last time ASU visits the LA Coliseum with No. 14 USC still a member of the Pac-12 Conference before moving on to the Big Ten in 2024. After more than a decade of the Trojans trying to win back what they had with Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, it looks like they might be becoming a national power again. With the likes of Lincoln Riley as head coach, transferred Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams under center and a revitalized LA Coliseum, I think there are too many factors for Arizona State to top them in this contest.

Oct. 8 vs. Washington: WIN? (3-3)

This is my first “who knows?” game of the season. After back-to-back losses to two very good football teams, ASU should be in great shape when the Huskies arrive in Tempe. The Sun Devils cruised to a 35-30 victory last season in Seattle after a three-year hiatus between the two teams. And even though Arizona State is 2-2 against Washington since 2016, it is 12-2 since 2002, with the last loss coming in Tempe in 2001. The Huskies are rebuilding under former Fresno State coach Kalen DeBoer, after he finished a 4-8 season in 2021. Jimmy Lake’s tenure.

Oct. 22 at Stanford: LOSS? (3-4)

This is the second of my “who knows?” games and the first of back-to-back road games for the Sun Devils. Due to the bye week giving ASU extra time to prepare, they could pull off a win in this one. But since I don’t think Arizona State will win two straight on the road, I’ll give the Cardinal a slight edge, but just barely.

Oct. 29 at Colorado: WIN (4-4)

This one could go either way. ASU’s last win at Boulder came in 2014 when former head coach Todd Graham was still in charge. However, I think Colorado is a really bad football team and this contest falls within one of my minimum four wins for the season.

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Nov. 5 vs. UCLA — LOSS (4-5)

This will be the last time the Bruins enter Tempe as members of the Pac-12. With that said, the future is bright for UCLA as the school heads to the Big Ten. Chip Kelly is also in his fifth year as head coach and the football team continues to improve, even earning two votes in the AP’s preseason Top 25 poll. Given the Sun Devils’ thrashing of the Bruins in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena last year (42-23), I think UCLA will get revenge in Tempe this season.

November 12 in Washington state: LOSS? (4-6)

A cold, wet, rainy Pacific Northwest game in November usually doesn’t bode well for the Sun Devils, which is why this is my third “who knows?” game of the year That, and it’s hard to predict what kind of football team the 2022 Cougars will be after head coach Jake Dickert took over as interim last year and went 3-3. If the weather isn’t a factor, ASU has the ability to pull off a win at Pullman against a WSU team that stole a win at Tempe last season.

Nov. 19 vs. Oregon State: WIN? (5-6)

The Beavers fall into the same aforementioned local Pacific Northwest category as the Cougars, as OSU and ASU have traditionally won at home, though not always. Since this is the last one in the draw game category, I’m giving Arizona State a home win over Oregon State. The Sun Devils have a 19-1 record in Tempe against the Beavers since 1969, with the last home loss coming in 2009.

Nov. 25 at Arizona: WIN (6-6)

The Territorial Cup, and any rivalry game, should never be taken lightly, especially on the road. And while the Wildcats brought in Washington State transfer quarterback Jayden de Laura along with a pretty impressive recruiting class, this was still a 1-11 football team that lost at home to NAU last year. ASU will have the confidence to pull off a win in Tucson when the Sun Devils come in on a five-game winning streak over the Wildcats. Not to mention the motivation the team will have with the rivalry game to decide whether or not they are eligible for the bowl.

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