ARI­ZONA ST over San Diego St by 1

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

A trip back in a time ma­chine tells us Diego has fallen flat when it comes to road open­ers, go­ing 5-30 SU and 12-22-1 ATS. But the cur­rent regime led by Rocky Long does not share in that fail­ure; in fact, the Rock owns a 5-2 ATS record in his pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances as a dog ver­sus the Pac-12. Tonight, though, we’ve got to be aware that ASU coach Todd Gra­ham does his best work against foes off a win when play­ing as Sun Devil Sta­dium, go­ing 27-9 ATS. Not to men­tion that the heat around Gra­ham (12-14 SU L26) has grown to the point where he must feel like the Franken­stein mon­ster, trapped be­tween a burn­ing cas­tle and the torches of the mob clos­ing in. Such added in­cen­tive for Gra­ham gives his 6-1 ATS mark as non-con­fer­ence chalk of 7 or fewer points im­me­di­ate ap­peal – but his 1-4 record lately ver­sus the Moun­tain West squelches the no­tion. Sim­ply put, a tough call with the steady vis­it­ing un­der­dog tak­ing on a hot-seat coach look­ing to save his job.

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