Sun Devils Look to Exceed Preseason Expectations With New Coach

Sun Devils Look to Exceed Preseason Expectations With New Coach
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The Arizona State Sun Devils begin anew this fall, under the tutelage of a first-time head coach that hails from the East Valley.

Former Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham takes over for Herm Edwards, who was fired midseason in 2022 after going 26-20 between 2018 and 2022.

Dillingham is looking to rebuild an ASU team that collapsed a year ago after building some modest Arizona sports betting expectations, finishing at 3-9 and posting the school’s lowest full season win total since going 3-8 in 1994. took a look at how the Sun Devils have fared against their preseason win totals over the last decade.

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Arizona State Win Total Recent History

Year Preseason Win Total Season Record

Arizona sportsbook apps list USC as the favorite to win the Pac 12 at +170. Oregon and Washington are tied for second at +330.

Arizona State has the 11th-best odds at +15000.

Sun Devils Face Long Odds In 2023

Long gone are the days where ASU was automatically included among the favorites to win the Pac 12 Conference, with the Sun Devils’ preseason win totals nosediving from 9 in 2021 to 5.5 last fall and 4.5 on BetMGM Arizona Sportsbook this year.  

Arizona State has faced disparate results in recent years where it entered the season with win totals below 6, exceeding the figure twice and missing it just as often.

This fall, Dillingham and his staff will count on returning quarterback Trenton Bourguet of Marana and leading receiver Elijah Badger to shoulder the load offensively.

That’s assuming Bourguet beats out Notre Dame transfer Drew Pyne to get the starting job, which is no sure thing after Pyne threw for 2,021 yards and 22 touchdowns (to six interceptions) in his final season with the Fighting Irish in 2022.

One way or another, the Sun Devils will need a steady hand under center to guide the program forward, as ASU looks to avoid another sub-.500 season.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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