BEST BET ARI­ZONA ST over Michi­gan St by 6

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Oh, Her­man Ed­wards… how do we apol­o­gize? Let us count the ways – mea culpa, we’re sorry, nous sommes dé­solés, and many more. We should never have scoffed at your coach­ing ablil­i­ties (even though you had not set foot on a col­lege side­line in three decades) or sug­gested that Ari­zona State made a mis­take when they hired you. And yes, the Lisa Marie-Michael Jack­son ref­er­ence might have been a bad com­par­i­son. So… all is for­given, right? What a guy! All kid­ding aside, we are still dumb­founded at what a com­plete bunch of fa­nat­ics Ed­wards was able to send out on the field in his ASU de­but, de­stroy­ing Texas-San An­to­nio by 49-7. The Sun Devil run de­fense was es­pe­cially breath­ing fire, stuff­ing the Road­run­ners to the tune of 0.1 yard per carry (that’s like 3 and a-half inches). And look who else is climb­ing on the Ari­zona State band­wagon: our help­ful data­base, in­form­ing us that the Devils have gone of late as home dogs of 7 or more points, and home all-time ver­sus the Big Ten. Wait, there’s more. Turns out the No. 15 Spar­tans are their last six ver­sus the Pac-12, plus they’re only as non-con­fer­ence road fa­vorites of less than 17 points. We’ll put it in plain English: with a con­fer­ence opener against In­di­ana on deck, this could be death in the desert for HC Mark Da­to­nio and Michi­gan State if they don’t bring their ‘A’ game tonight. We ce­ment our call with

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