It’s tough to ignore the fact that Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has a history of job-hopping: one year as head coach at Rice, followed by three at Tulsa, and just one season at Pitt before taking his “dream job” in Tempe. While Graham has won everywhere (only one sub-.500 season in his head coaching career), he has done something much more valuable for this program: changed the culture. With this new culture, Graham has the No. 11 Sun Devils (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) in the Pac-12 Championship game and just one game away from the programs’ first Rose Bowl since 1987. Read the rest of this entry »
When the Arizona State Sun Devils played the Stanford Cardinal earlier this season, it was not pretty. The game was over before it started, as the Cardinal put themselves up 28-0 at the half and eventually went on win the game 42-28. Read the rest of this entry »
Throughout his young Sun Devil career, D.J. Foster has been to college football as the utility man is to baseball. Read the rest of this entry »
Tempe, Ariz– The Territorial Cup will stay in Tempe, as the No. 12 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Arizona Wildcats 58-21 to give themselves home field advantage in the Pac-12 title game and win over their in-state rivals. Read the rest of this entry »
Tempe, Ariz–The fat lady has sung. In tonight’s win over interstate rival Arizona, the Sun Devils were able to clinch home field advantage for the Pac-12 Championship Game next week. Undoubtedly one of the biggest games in Arizona State’s recent history. Read the rest of this entry »
There is no better, underrated rivalry game in all of college football than the big game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils for the Territorial Cup. Read the rest of this entry »
PASADENA, Cali.– With the Pac-12 South title and Rose Bowl aspirations on the line, the No. 17 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the No. 14 UCLA Bruins by a score of 38-33 Saturday night from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in an absolute thriller on national television, clinching the Pac-12 South title and cementing their place in the Pac-12 title game. Read the rest of this entry »
PASADENA, Cali.– Arizona State can celebrate after tonights 38-33 win over UCLA in Pasadena, as they have clinched the Pac-12 South.That celebrating will be short served however, as they still have a lot of work to do with a big game coming up against Arizona and then taking on Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship. Read the rest of this entry »
Pasadena, Cali.– Arizona State is only one win away. One win away from achieving the goal that Todd Graham has stressed all season. One win away from winning the Pac-12 South and advancing to the Pac-12 Championship for a chance to compete in the Rose Bowl.
That one win will not come easy for Arizona State, however. As they will have to take on No.14 UCLA on the road in Pasadena.
And as we are now a little over an hour from kick-off, here are three quick keys for Arizona State tonight: Read the rest of this entry »
Tempe, Ariz.– Arizona State’s defense intercepted Sean Mannion four times and Marion Grice ran for two touchdowns as they overwhelmed the Oregon State Beavers 30-17.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) continued their home dominance on Saturday, beating the Oregon State Beavers by a score of 30-17 to remain unbeaten at home. It was an effort in which the Sun Devils’ offense (17th in the nation in total offense entering the game) struggled at times and defense reigned supreme. The Sun Devils remain in control of their own destiny in the Pac-12 South, and look forward to a season-defining game against No. 13 UCLA, who defeated Washington by a score of 41-31 Friday night. The Sun Devils are on a five game winning streak, their highest since 2007. Read the rest of this entry »
Arizona State has proved it all this season…. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, a win is a win. Despite looking sloppy through the first three quarters Saturday from Rice-Eccles Stadium, a Will Sutton interception sealed a 20-19 victory for the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12). With No. 19 UCLA’s 31-26 win over Arizona, the road to the Pac-12 South appears to be a two-horse race as the college football season rolls through November. Read the rest of this entry »
With BCS title hopes on the line for both sides, the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal managed to hold No. 3 Oregon’s offense in check to win 26-20 on “the Farm” and give the Ducks their first loss of the season for the second straight year. But how does this game shake up the rest of the Pac-12? Read the rest of this entry »
If you haven’t noticed already, there is something special brewing on in Glendale right now. Read the rest of this entry »
On top of being possible the most important season of Arizona State basketball history, the 2013/14 season may also be the most intriguing to watch.
This will be a do or die season for the Sun Devils. Their top player, sophomore point guard Jahii Carson, will likely go to the NBA Draft after this season according to many important sources including his own mother.
Center Jordan Bachynski is in his senior season and the Penn State transfer replacing the departed senior leader Carrick Felix, Jermaine Marshall, is also in his last year of eligibility.
Next year will likely be a rebuilding year for Arizona State for it might also be it for head coach Herb Sendek if they don’t make it to the NCAA Tournament this year. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arizona State Sun Devils took care of business Thursday night in Pullman, as they should have. In a dominating effort, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly had a total of seven touchdowns to lead the Sun Devils to a 55-21 rout of the Washington State Cougars. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arizona Cardinals came into Sunday’s game 26th in the NFL in rushing. They’ve seem to have solved their problem with rookie Andre Ellington, who ran for an 80-yard touchdown in a 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Brophy Bronco Andrew Curtis surprised a lot of people last winter in electing to go to Florida Atlantic University along with teammate Robert Relf, but has made the most of his time in Boca Raton. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) came into their matchup last Saturday against the No. 20 Washington Huskies looking to make a statement. And with a 53-24 win, did they ever, impressing the multitude of recruits in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »
Even after dumping 53 points on the formerly 20th-ranked Washington Huskies, Arizona State is still not ranked in the Top 25.
They do have the most votes for a non ranked team in the AP poll, with 108 while #25 Nebraska has 117 and #24 Michigan has 169.
Basically the voters say that even after dominating then 20th-ranked Washington, the Sun Devils are not better than the Corn Huskers.
Why is that?
Even when looked closely, it doesn’t make much sense. Nebraska dominates teams like Arizona State does but their strength of schedule is very weak compared to ASU. They beat Wyoming, Southern Miss, South Dakota State, Illinois and Purdue. The lone ranked team they faced was then 16th-ranked UCLA and they lost to them at home.
ASU meanwhile, beat a pair of 20th-ranked teams in Wisconsin and Washington and scored 62 points on USC in a game that got the Trojan head coach fired.
The Sun Devils score an average of 45.4 points per game on Wisconsin, Notre Dame and the Pac-12 while Nebraska scores an average of 42.7 points per game on college football’s choir boys.
To have Nebraska siting at 25th in the AP poll, 24th in the BCS standings and 21st in the coaches poll while not having ASU in any of the polls is not right at all.
Especially when most of the national media has considered the PAC-12 to be the second best conference in college football while the Big-10 with 12 teams (14 next year) is considered to be the fifth best conference.
Speaking of injustice, what is Oregon State doing in the BCS standings over Arizona State? Sure the Beavers have the best passing attack in the country, but they haven’t played anyone. Their FBS opponents are a combined 15-25 and they lost to FCS Eastern Washington to start the season.
And this whole time I thought computers and strength of schedule went a long way in the BCS. Apparently it doesn’t.
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They said Arizona State had a very weak run defense.
They said the Sun Devils couldn’t stop anyone, and that the nation’s leading rusher should be able to run right through them when the 20th-ranked Washington Huskies tread to Tempe on Saturday.
13 attempts, 22 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona State relegated Bishop Sankey to fullback status.
It turned out that the Sun Devils could actually stop the run, not the Huskies. As a team they finished with -5 rushing yards while ASU running back Marion Grice ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Weren’t those supposed to be Sankey’s numbers?
The big knock on Arizona State’s defense under coach Todd Graham was that all you had to do to beat them was run the ball. He was every old school football coach’s dream in 2012. Opponents like USC and Oregon ran so much on the Sun Devils that they actually thought the world was going to end.
They even had similar issues this season when losing to power-running programs Stanford and Notre Dame.
Sankey led the nation at nearly 150 yards per game prior to Saturday’s game and may very well end the season shattering every one of Washington’s season rushing records. He was supposed to run over the Sun Devils like road kill. Instead you get this.
”Man, what an impressive performance; it might be the most impressive performance that we’ve had as a team since I’ve been here,” said ASU coach Todd Graham.
”That was embarrassing,” said Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
Holding Washington to minus-5 yards on 25 carries matched the second-fewest rushing yards the Sun Devils had allowed since 1996. Overall, they limited the nation’s eighth-best offense to 212 total yards by knocking around Huskies quarterback Keith Price all game and sacking him seven times.
The best part of all this is that no one will really challenge this new notion until the very last game of the season. Washington State’s run game is ranked 123rd in the nation, Utah is 46th, Oregon State is 122nd and UCLA is 39th. They’ll be smooth sailing until Arizona comes to town with the nation’s leading rusher Kadeem Carey, but the Wildcats are 111th in the nation in passing, so the Sun Devils will have an easier time dealing with him and not worrying about their non-existent passing attack.
Time to give Arizona State the ranking it deserves, and its run defense the respect they deserve.
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Tempe, AZ.– Arizona State came into this game needing to make a statement, and that’s exactly what they did against No. 20 Washington at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Behind dominant play from the defense upfront and quarterback Taylor Kelly’s four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing), the Sun Devils cruised onto beat Washington 53-24. Read the rest of this entry »
Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) likely cemented their return to the AP Top 25 on Saturday night, defeating the No. 20 Washington Huskies (4-3, 1-3) by a score of 53-24 at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »
As a part of TC Sports’ weekly series, we will be breaking down the top BCS game of the week. Our next BCS Game of the Week: a top-five matchup of ACC teams with Heisman and National Championship hopes, with No. 5 Florida St. traveling to face No. 3 Clemson.
WHY FLORIDA STATE WILL WIN: With how evenly-matched these two squads are, it is likely that this game is going to come down to a matchup of the two quarterbacks: Florida State’s Jameis Winston against Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. Both quarterbacks have been remarkable this season, with the redshirt freshman Winston becoming college football’s poster boy, and for good reason. Winston has thrown for 1441 yards, with 17 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. He has completed 73.2% of his passes this season, and has led this Florida State offense to no less than 41 points in every game so far this season. While the toughest opponent he has had all year was arguably then-No. 25 Maryland, Winston torched the Terrapins in that game (23-32 393 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions) for the best game of his career so far. Winston is coming off having an extra week to prepare for Clemson’s defense, watching them slop to an ugly 24-14 win over Boston College. Alongside Winston the Seminoles have running backs Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr., and Karlos Williams who have averaged 7.2 yards per carry this season. They certainly will put pressure on a Clemson defense that is giving up 6.6 yards per carry so far this season (albeit they have faced tough competition such as Georgia’s Todd Gurley). While Florida State may be more well-known for its explosive offense, the Seminoles defense has its own set of athletes. The defense returns many from the same players that limited Boyd to his second-worst QBR (according to ESPN) of his season last season and bottled up Sammy Watkins for just 24 receiving yards last season.
WHY CLEMSON WILL WIN: The Clemson Tigers bring back the same type of athletes they bring in almost every year, but this season seems to go to a different tune for this Clemson team. THey are almost halfway through their schedule without their annual “Clemsoning” letdown, and have signature wins over Georgia and a tough road win at NC State on their resume this season. Tajh Boyd has been terrific this season, becoming the perfect fit for the offense and throwing for 1783 yards, 15 touchdowns, and two interceptions so far this season. Despite not winning convincingly last week, Boyd has had explosive performances (270 passing yards, five touchdowns (two rushing) vs Georgia; 455 passing yards, five touchdowns @ Syracuse; 334 passing yards, two touchdowns (one rushing) vs. Boston College) that should strike fear into any defense. This is also Boyd’s third matchup against the Seminoles (won in 2011, lost in 2012), while Winston is facing to a top-five team for the first time in his college career. Boyd will definitely have a target in Sammy Watkins (36 catches, 582 receiving yards, four touchdowns this season), who is amongst the fastest receivers in all of college football and having a resurgent season after a disappointing sophomore campaign. Boyd will also have help in running back Roderick McDowell, who is averaging nearly five yards per carry this season.Clemson is hosting the Seminoles in Death Valley, which is a promising sign as the home team has won 10 of the last 11 games in the series between the two schools. Also, the last freshman quarterback to win at Memorial Stadium was Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor back in 2007.
PREDICTION: Florida State, an intriguing team entering this season, will accelerate their future success by putting up a solid performance in Death Valley that should come down to the wire. The Seminoles’ title hopes are dashed in a close 42-38 loss, but the legend of Jameis Winston grows as well as his Heisman candidacy for this season and next year. Clemson picks up their second top-ten win of the season, and prove that they deserve the No.3 ranking and are on the same level as Alabama and Oregon.