Pac-10 Week 8 Notes and Observations: Arizona State Sun Devils

By Dave Consolazio, October 28, 2009 11:55 am

Arizona State Sun Devils 4-3 Overall (2-2 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Stanford 33 – Arizona State 14

Next Week’s Opponent: Cal

The road to bowl eligibility got a bit hazier after Saturday’s loss, especially with the troubling fact that the defense showed signs of being human. With a relatively anemic offense, ASU has leaned hard on their defense to win them games; will they be able to do so down the stretch?

A win over Stanford would have brought the Sun Devils to five wins, which would have given them five chances to get that last win to become bowl eligible. Even if ASU couldn’t pull the upset on one of the conferences’ four currently ranked teams (Cal, USC, @Oregon, Arizona), @UCLA was looking like a fairly winnable game. Now, UCLA becomes a virtual must-win, and ASU’s defense will have to regroup and steal one from one of the big four as well.

The offense only mustered up 290 yards, and the only player that really stuck out offensively was Chris McGaha, who had 6 of ASU’s 13 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Danny Sullivan (12/33, 143 yards) also connected with T.J. Simpson for a touchdown. The running game was somewhat effective in averaging 5.2 yards per carry, but no one back stood out, and the running game quickly became obsolete due to Stanford’s big early lead. Brock Osweiler didn’t do much in his 1/7, 18 yard day to build much excitement for a QB change, either.

We’ve come to expect the sub-par offense from the Sun Devils, but what happened to the defense? Are they finally going to start to crumble after carrying the offense on their shoulders for long? Or was it just an excellent Stanford offense just getting the job done? No matter which it was, four of the last five opponents have offenses just as strong (if not stronger), so it isn’t going to get any easier.

Hopefully it was just an off day, which is my guess; this defense has a ton of talent in the front seven, and they’ll be fine. That said, it’s a moot point if the offense can’t find a way to put points on the board.

The Cal game should be very interesting; the Bears aren’t immune to a late slip up on the road, and the Sun Devils defense might be able to attack like the Trojans and Ducks did and cause some problems for Kevin Riley. Cal’s defense is also arguably the weakest left on ASU’s schedule; so if the offense ever plans on waking up, now would be the time to do it.

Share with other Pac-10 fans!
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Google Bookmarks
  • RSS

5,248 Responses to “Pac-10 Week 8 Notes and Observations: Arizona State Sun Devils”

  1. I always visit new blog everyday and i found your blog.`*”`,

  2. rc heli rc heli says:

    ?basketballsnews? Celtics Face Quandary in Injury to Rondo: In basketball, the elbow is a multipurpose tool

  3. Mario games Mario games says:

    Hey there, great article, a colleague through the fashion business linked me to your web page. I was born and raised in Los Angeles California and have been earning a living within the industry for that majority of my life. One of my current projects is really a discussion board for the fashion marketplace. Thanks for the useful facts.

  4. I love reading your blog because it has very interesting topics.*`~*,

  5. I bookmared your site a couple of days ago coz your blog impresses me..,’*’

  6. Man that was very entertaining and at the same time informative.”:”"`

  7. Hey this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Thanks for your post on the traveling industry. I will also like to add that if your senior thinking about traveling, it really is absolutely imperative that you buy travel insurance for older persons. When traveling, older persons are at high risk of having a professional medical emergency. Obtaining the right insurance plan package to your age group can safeguard your health and provide you with peace of mind.

  9. Well, another blogger already posted a topic like this.`;’,-

  10. guest bed guest bed says:

    Wow, you seem to be very knowledgable about this kind of topics.;*”~

  11. Wohh just what I was searching for, appreciate it for putting up.

  12. I determination in a jiffy pinch your rss fodder to impede abreast of any updates. Charitable urge a exercise and much success in your subject efforts!

  13. Good ā€“ I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task.

  14. Thanks for your publication. I also think that laptop computers are becoming more and more popular lately, and now are usually the only type of computer utilized in a household. Simply because at the same time they are becoming more and more cost-effective, their processing power keeps growing to the point where they can be as effective as desktop out of just a few years back.

  15. It has been interesting but how do I bookmark this?

  16. shingles shingles says:

    *Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  17. Your current positions normally have got a decent amount of really up to date info. Where do you come up with this? Just stating you are very resourceful. Thanks again

  18. Wonderful Put up! In fact like the factor about .Should check out again.

  19. listed below are when most people get too much money with bank plastic, borrowing products etc.

  20. cool, what a nice post

  21. After reading your blog post I browsed your website a bit and noticed you aren’t ranking nearly as well in Google as you could be. I possess a handful of blogs myself and I think you should take a look here: You’ll find it’s a very nice tool that can bring you a lot more visitors. Keep up the quality posts

  22. vimax works vimax works says:

    We still cannot quite believe that I could possibly come to be those staring at the important points entirely on yuor web blog. His dad and i also are sincerely thankful with regards to your generosity as giving me possibility pursue our chosen profession path. I appreciate important info I was from a web-site.

  23. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

  24. The the very next time Someone said a blog, I’m hoping so it doesnt disappoint me around brussels. What i’m saying is, It was my replacement for read, but I really thought youd have something intriguing to convey. All I hear is actually a couple of whining about something you could fix if you werent too busy searching for attention.

  25. Thanks, wonderful blog… really enjoy it and inserted it into my social bookmarks. Keep up the good work

  26. hey there and thank you for your info ЎV I have definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this web site, since I experienced to reload the site many times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I am adding this RSS to my email and can look out for much more of your respective interesting content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

  27. Thanks a lot for making the effort to line this all out for people. This kind of write-up ended up being really helpful in my opinion.

  28. I like your website.. great shades & motif. Performed people design and style this fabulous website yourself or even have people rely on someone else to make it work for you personally? Plz interact when I!|m looking to pattern by myself blog site plus would want to find out wherever u received this particular through. thank you

  29. Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Many thanks!

  30. you’ve got a fantastic weblog here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my blog?

  31. Happy Place. Was’t whatever most likely was exclusively in search of however I actually dug into Bing and google your posting emerged therefore i tested it along with would definitely in any case many thanks.

  32. Hi there, I found your blog via Yahoo while searching for a related topic, your web site came up, it looks great. I’ve bookmarked it in my bookmarks.

  33. What would be your next topic next week on your blog.;;`,;

  34. I always visit your blog everyday to read new topics.,.,~;

  35. 33. I will right away grab your rss as I can not find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  36. Your blog never ceases to amaze me, it is very well written and organized..,-”"

  37. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to offer one thing again and help others such as you helped me.

  38. Thanks for making the honest try to provide an explanation for this. I feel very sturdy about it and wish to learn more. If it’s OK, as you reach extra intensive knowledge, would you thoughts adding extra posts similar to this one with additional information? It could be extremely helpful and useful for me and my colleagues.

  39. I just wanted to write a remark to be able to thank you for some of the marvelous tips you are showing at this website. My long internet lookup has finally been rewarded with useful facts to talk about with my contacts. I would believe that we visitors actually are very blessed to be in a really good network with very many outstanding individuals with very beneficial techniques. I feel pretty fortunate to have discovered the webpage and look forward to many more pleasurable moments reading here. Thanks a lot again for a lot of things.

  40. natural hair natural hair says:

    This web page is really a walk-through for all of the data you wished in regards to this and didn’t know who to inquire about. Glimpse here, and you’ll certainly discover it.

  41. you have a very nice blog!

  42. ignition switch