The Arizona State Sun Devils season win total betting line for the 2019 college football season has been set at over or under 7.5 wins. Early bettors are playing the under as the money line attached to the under is now -185. The price on the over is +160.
Odds are also posted to win the PAC-12 conference. For that prop, the Sun Devils are listed at 25 to 1.
Arizona State blew past its 4.5-win over/under last year, finishing 7-6 in Herm Edwards’s first season as head coach. More things are expected in the future, but it’ll be tough to top those seven wins, especially with a new quarterback and since it beat Michigan State, USC and Utah last year. The Sun Devils should at least make a bowl, but anything more would be surprising.
QB Spot Still Up for Grabs
Last year’s backup Dillon Sterling-Cole is the expected starter, but he could easily lose the job in the fall to any of the freshmen with Jayden Daniels the biggest threat. ASU lost three-year starting QB Manny Wilkins, but it’s worth noting he only threw 20 touchdowns (rushed for eight) last season so replicating his numbers won’t be impossible.
Whoever wins the job at least has stud running back Eno Benjamin (+7500 for Heisman) to work with after he rushed for 1,642 yards and 16 touchdowns last year to go with 35 receptions and 263 yards.
Helping him reach those numbers again is a senior-laden line, as well as backup RB Isaiah Floyd. The line lacks depth and experience behind the seniors, but if those guys can stay healthy, the rushing attack should be just as lethal.
Receiver takes a hit with N’Keal Harry getting drafted in the first round, but Brandon Aiyuk (474 yards) and Kyle Williams (449 yards) should form a nice duo with Frank Darby (421 yards) also in the mix.
Defense Should Improve
Helping the Sun Devils compete at the top of the Pac-12 is what should be an improved defense, which allowed 25.1 points per game last year, a nice improvement under coordinator Danny Gonzales with an incredibly young core.
The line remains young and could be the defense’s biggest question, but Shannon Forman and Jermayne Lole have had spurts of solid play.
Linebacker could be the best unit even with three sophomores set to start. Merlin Robertson and Darien Butler started right away as true freshmen and could take a jump in their second seasons.
In the new 3-3-5 scheme, the secondary probably had the biggest jump last season and top corners Chase Lucas and Kobe Williams return. Safety Aashari Crosswell is another stud sophomore who made a name for himself last year and leads a fairly deep secondary.
8 Wins Possible
The Sun Devils are getting more respect this season, but they still aren’t expected to be near the top of the standings. They should once again reach at least two non-conference wins, though Michigan State would like to return the favor after last year’s result.
With five home games in the Pac-12, they have a chance to reach seven regular-season wins again. It helps that they’re home against teams like Wazzu, USC and Oregon as all of them are expected to finish higher in the standings.
In a weaker Pac-12, there are also plenty of opportunities for road wins, especially without Washington on the schedule. Winning at Utah will be difficult, but Cal and Oregon State are as favorable as it gets in terms of road games.
The Sun Devils are working in a new, young quarterback, but with Benjamin and a stout offensive line, that group should be fine, while the defense could easily take another step forward. Reaching seven wins is more than possible, with eight on the table if things work out at quarterback.
2019 Arizona State Sun Devils Football Schedule
Aug. 29 vs. Kent State (opened -26)
Sept. 6 vs. Sacramento State
Sept. 14 at Michigan State (opened +7)
Sept. 21 vs. Colorado
Sept. 27 at California
Oct. 12 vs. Washington State
Oct. 19 at Utah
Oct. 26 at UCLA
Nov. 9 vs. USC
Nov. 16 at Oregon State
Nov. 23 vs. Oregon
Nov. 30 vs. Arizona