In somewhat surprising news, the Arizona State Sun Devils will head north to Eugene this weekend as 16-point underdogs. This may seem somewhat like a smack in the face to ASU, especially when one considers how dominant the team looked over Utah last weekend, but the odds makers apparently feel Autzen Stadium will be too much to handle for the Pac-12 north leaders.
While it is still early in the week and those odds could change at any moment, the status and progression of LaMichael James' injured elbow could greatly affect the betting lines by the time Saturday evening rolls around. Should the star running back not be able to go, it would be a great boost to ASU's chances against the highly-ranked Ducks.
Regardless of what those in Las Vegas say, fans should prepare for a wild ride as the two teams face off Saturday evening. A sellout crowd is always expected at Autzen and the atmosphere will be incredible with College Game Day in town. With BCS implications riding heavily on the game, this is a matchup the entire country will be watching.