Sun Devils Near Top of Dubious List After Loss to Fresno State

Sun Devils Near Top of Dubious List After Loss to Fresno State
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It was a Saturday night to forget for Arizona State and those who backed the Sun Devils at Arizona sportsbooks, as they fell at home to Fresno State, 29-0.

The 29-point rout was ASU’s first shutout since losing to USC 28-0 in 2008 and its first home shutout since losing to Washington 10-0 in 1988. The loss also represented the largest margin of victory for a “Group of Five” program over a “Power Five” school since Cincinnati dominated Boston College, 38-6, in 2019. To get a sense of where the Sun Devils’ latest loss ranks historically, broke down the largest margins of victory for Group of Five teams over their Power Five competitors since 2019.

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Biggest G5 Wins Over Power 5 Since 2019

YearG5 TeamP5 TeamScore
2019CincinnatiBoston College38-6
2023Fresno StateArizona State29-0
2021Coastal CarolinaKansas49-22
2023South AlabamaOklahoma State33-7
2019Western KentuckyArkansas45-19
2022Fresno StateWashington State29-6
2022UCFGeorgia Tech27-10
2022Air ForceBaylor30-15
2020Coastal CarolinaKansas38-23
2022Middle TennesseeMiami45-31
2023Texas StateBaylor42-31
2021Utah StateOregon State24-13
2021BYUArizona State27-17
2019Air ForceWashington State31-21

USC is the favorite to win the Pac-12 at Arizona betting apps with +200 odds. Arizona State is tied with Stanford for the worst title odds at +50000.

ASU Joins Unenviable Company

As stated above, ASU’s 29-0 loss to Fresno State was the second largest by a P5 school to a G5 program since 2019 and the largest by a Pac-12 member — trumping Washington State’s 29-6 loss to the Bulldogs last season. Other Pac-12 losses to G5 schools that made the cut included Oregon State’s 24-13 loss to Utah State in 2021, ASU’s 27-17 loss to BYU in 2019 and Washington State’s 31-21 loss to Air Force in 2019.

Looking forward, the Sun Devils enter Pac-12 play this weekend, when they host the fifth-ranked USC Trojans in Tempe at 7:30 p.m. Oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook Arizona list ASU as a 34-point underdog with an over/under of 62 points.



Christopher Boan

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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