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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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? (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
Tempe, Ariz.– Arizona State head coach said that he wanted more production from his team as they enter Pac-12 play, and did they ever, routing the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 54-13 Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium. (more…)
Ever since Todd Graham became the head coach at Arizona State, he has had two main mantras: winning the turnover battles and controlling the tempo. Starting with this Saturday’s game against Colorado, expect the Sun Devils to ratchet it up an extra gear and make those mantras even more visible. (more…)
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 SEC shootout between No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Georgia:
WHY LSU WILL WIN: We’ve talked about this team before, and I absolutely love the style of play the LSU’s offense has had under Cam Cameron. He has helped Zach Mettenberger reach his star potential as a quarterback, and the Tigers’ rushing attack of Terrence Magee, Jeremy Hill, and Alfred Blue could be simply too much to stop. Any one of these backs is capable of burning this Georgia defensive line, and the vertical threats of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry make the LSU offense one of the most lethal in the SEC. This may be a game between two SEC teams (a conference known for its defensive prowess), but the difference in this game will be in the offenses. Georgia’s defense has looked shaky, especially in wins over South Carolina and North Texas. Clemson may have burned them week one, but their most troubling game may be that North Texas game, which was tied 21-21 in the third quarter before the Bulldogs turned it on to win 45-21. This game is expected to be a close one, and LSU head coach Les Miles certainly has a reputation for winning close games. Georgia, not so much.
WHY GEORGIA WILL WIN: With a veteran quarterback in Aaron Murray and a running back that may be the best in the country, Georgia certainly has its share of offensive weapons as well. Running back Todd Gurley has 377 rushing yards on 63 carries this year (a whopping 6.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs, and absolutely bullied a stacked South Carolina defensive line (which included possible No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney). LSU’s defense is a little banged up too, as they have suffered some injuries in recent weeks. Georgia also has had the “benefit” of having play one of the toughest schedules in the country within their last couple weeks (playing against No. 3 Clemson, No. 12 South Carolina), whereas LSU’s toughest opponent thus far has been their game last week against Auburn (W 35-21). Georgia will also have the benefit of playing the game “Between the Hedges” at home, with a chance to take control over Florida and South Carolina in the SEC East rankings.
PREDICTION: This matchup between smashmouth SEC teams will turn into an offensive shootout in the second half. I expect Todd Gurley to play a key role in the second half with several crucial runs to secure a 35-31 win for the Bulldogs. Georgia’s win sets up a potential rematch of last season’s SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama, once again with potential national championship implications.
LSU travels to take on Georgia at 3:30 ET and will be shown on CBS
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 SEC battle of the Tigers from Death Valley, as Auburn travels to face No. 6 LSU.
WHY AUBURN WILL WIN:
Even in their horrendous 3-9 campaign in 2012 (0-8 SEC), the Tigers fielded a team filled with athletes, and actually played LSU to a very tight score, losing just 12-10 at home. This Auburn offense also features junior quarterback Nick Marshall, who is coming of throwing for 339 yards, running for 22 more, and throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions in Auburn’s 24-20 win over a quality Mississippi State team. Along with Marshall, Auburn features the rushing attack of juniors Tre Mason, Corey Brown and Cameron Artis-Payne, who have combined for 602 rushing yards and five touchdowns in Auburn’s first three games. The Tigers roll into Baton Rouge at 3-0, with a chance to eclipse their 2012 win total by their fourth game. The last time the Tigers started a season 4-0 was in their 2010 National Championship season that featured Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Gus Malzahn, the first-year head coach of Auburn, was the team’s offensive coordinator for that season.
WHY LSU WILL WIN:
Well, let’s just say that LSU head coach Les Miles has had some success in Death Valley (25-7 in SEC home games in his tenure), as well as against unranked teams (51-4). The Tigers also have rolled in hot with a No. 6 ranking in the latest AP Poll, and a 3-0 record to show for it (including a 37-27 victory over then-No. 20 TCU). We know they have a strong defense (No. 10 in nation in total defense), but their offense has also come along (No. 34 in nation in total offense) ever since Cam Cameron took over as offensive coordinator. Zach Mettenberger has come along nicely in his second season as the Tigers’ starter (No. 3 in nation and No. 1 in SEC in passer efficiency thus far this season), and LSU has running backs for days with backs such as Terrence Magee, Jeremy Hill, and Alfred Blue. Mettenberger also has several receiving targets in Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to attack an Auburn defense that currently ranks 12th out of 14 SEC teams.
LSU comes into this game as the favorite, and deservedly so. Malzahn can’t unseat “The Mad Hatter”, Les Miles, and LSU should have this game by a score of 28-17. Aubrun simply can’t stop all of LSU’s new weapons, and Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall gets a rude welcoming from one of the SEC’s top defenses.
Some call him everything that’s wrong with college football. Some call him a stupid kid who needs to get his head screwed on straight. Many call him an enigma. But to most, Texas A&M redshirt sophomore quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel just goes by one name: Johnny Football. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz–Four FCS teams were able to upset FBS programs this past week, and Arizona State was not one of them, routing the Sacramento State Hornets by a score of 55-0 Thursday at Sun Devil Stadium. (more…)
As a part of TC Sports’ new weekly series, we will be breaking down the top BCS and non-BCS conference games of the week. Our first BCS Game of the Week: a battle of top-10 teams shoot it out as #5 Georgia travels to #8 Clemson in a battle between Heisman hopefuls. (more…)
As a part of TC Sports’ new weekly series, we will be breaking down the top BCS and non-BCS conference games of the week. Our first non-BCS game of the week: Nevada goes into Pasadena to try to upset the #21 Bruins. (more…)
Dear Ryan Braun,
You finally did it. You took responsibility for your actions, and admitted to using PEDs during your spectacular 2011 MVP season, writing a statement that you released through the Brewers organization Thursday where you apologized for your “serious mistakes”.
But is it enough? No freaking way. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz–College football has just found its next great interior defensive lineman. Move over Ndamokung Suh, move over Nick Fairley, because Will Sutton has arrived, and will be here to wreak havoc on offenses all around the country.
Sutton, a likely first round pick had he left last season after his redshirt junior year, comes into his redshirt senior year looking to break Arizona State’s illustrious single season sack record with 25 sacks. Sutton is tied with UCLA’s Anthony Barr as the single season leader in sacks among those returning in the FBS this season with 13.
The road for Sutton in his quest for the record as well as a successful season for the Sun Devils will be a tough one. After the opening game vs. Sacramento State, ASU faces four consecutive top-tier opponents in Wisconsin, Stanford, USC, and Notre Dame. Each of those teams feature huge front sevens with big offensive lineman to match up against him. Sutton is more than willing to take on the challenge.
“It’s going to be fun. The most important game on that stretch is probably (USC), a Pac-12 South opponent. It’s us, them, or UCLA for the South, I think,” he said. “We just got to take it one game at a time. We got (Sacramento State) right now, but we know what we’ve got ahead of us.”
The team will face a lot of national attention, with most of it falling on Sutton’s broad shoulders. Despite all of the hype surrounding him and his play, Sutton wants to keep his focus on the team.
“I just got to go out there and play my game. If I don’t make plays, I don’t make plays. As long as my teammates are out there making plays and getting W’s that’s all I care about,” Sutton said.
Sutton will also draw a lot of attention from opposing defenses inside. Despite being a part of a defense that also features stars Chris Young, Jaxon Hood, and Carl Bradford, Sutton will likely be double and even sometimes triple-teamed at the line of scrimmage. But Sutton doesn’t mind.
“No, not at all. I embrace it. Can’t wait. It’s just another challenge for me,” he said.
It is also Sutton’s second season under head coach Todd Graham, whose defensive prowess and attention to detail can be tough to get used to. It certainly worked as the season went on last year, as the defense improved, and the team cut down on penalties. This year, Sutton and the rest of the team seem more comfortable and ready to attack than ever.
“There’s definitely a new comfort zone, but we also have to keep guys from getting complacent, because sometimes guys like to ease up thinking, ‘Oh it’s the second year’ but our standard is higher from last year so we got to go out there and perform,” Sutton said.
Despite his chase for the record and the shot at being a top ten pick in the 2014 NFl Draft, Sutton has his focus on the goals of the team as opposed to personal achievements.
“I don’t have any personal goals. I just want to get wins, that’s it,” he said. “It;s a blessing to get (put on awards lists) and get all of that attention, but I don’t pay it any mind. It’s cool every once in a while to see yourself on ESPN , but it doesn’t affect me at all.”
Sutton was named a 2012 Consensus and AP All-American and an All-Pac-12 selection. He is currently on the 2013 award watch lists for the following awards: Outland Trophy, Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Walter Camp, and Lombardi Award. He and his trademark dreadlocks will be sure to frighten offenses and offensive coordinators all year as well as at the next level.
TEMPE, Ariz–While many college football athletes were gushing over young running back talents such as De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon and Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, Arizona State running back D.J. Foster was putting up big numbers in a hurry as a true freshman. Now entering his sophomore season, he’s hoping to put the whole world on notice.
As a rotational running back and slot receiver last season, Foster was dynamic, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception while also scoring six times and having over 1,000 all-purpose yards. With Cameron Marshall (ASU’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns) graduating after last season, Foster and senior Marion Grice will have to step up to take the majority of the carries in Mike Norvell’s spread offense, and are ready to take on the challenge.
“It’s good to know that my game is becoming more dependable and can be used to last long drives,” Foster said. “Me and Marion (Grice) just have to endure, and we’re definitely preparing ourselves for that.”
Both Grice and Foster are “home run hitters” as far as running backs go, as Foster scored once avery 22 times he touched the ball last season. Grice would have an astounding season himself, scoring once every 7.5 touches, and insane ratio.
“Our coaches really put us into position to be those explosive guys, to be those home run hitters. The way coach Norvell and our coaches set our offense up really puts us into position to make some big plays,” he said.
Foster’s versatility could be what makes Arizona State’s spread unique to others in the Pac-12 such as Arizona and Cal. Only Oregon, with De’Anthony Thomas, has an offensive weapon that can be used in as many ways as Foster. Foster saw time last season as a running back, slot receiver, split back, wide receiver, and returner.
“(My versatility) just helps to get the offense to where it can be. With the more recruits we have coming in Jaelen Strong, Marion (Grice), and Deontre (Lewis) as weapons on offense, the sky is the limit with our offense,” he said.
The Sun Devils are entering their second full season in the Todd Graham regime, as well as their second year with offensive coordinator and spread guru Mike Norvell. Returning starters Grice, Foster, and quarterback Taylor Kelly have been outspoken about their new comfort within the system.
“I definitely feel more comfortable,” Foster said. “Everything is starting to slow down for me, and leadership-wise I’m just trying to be more vocal. I know me and Marion definitely are trying to take on a bigger challenge in leading the offense and the team as well.”
Foster has prepared for the extra carries this offseason by bulking up in his offseason workouts, and trying to keep his incredible foot speed and agility.
“I’ve worked on every part of my game: my hands, my speed, and my weight. Hopefully it can help me out this season to be more durable and hopefully it all pays off. I’ve worked hard for it,” he said.
Luckily for Todd Graham and Sun Devil fans, they still have Foster for at least this season and next season, and will get a chance to watch this talented back hopefully develop into a budding star and big name in college football.
TEMPE, Ariz–Arizona State, for its offensive prowess, is easily one of the most talented defensive teams in the Pac-12 for this coming season. While almost all of the national attention goes to the big interior defensive line of redshirt senior Will Sutton and sophomore Jaxon Hood, almost no attention goes to Carl Bradford, who could be an unsung hero for this Sun Devils squad. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz–Michael Eubank has had a bit of an odd journey at Arizona State University ever since being a highly recruited high school prospect, yet has been unfazed the entire way and looks to continue to take on any challenge in his path. (more…)
The Arizona Diamondbacks did not go quietly on Wednesday’s trade deadline, making a splash with a big move involving a former All-Star right hander in what may have been the biggest deal on deadline day. But no, Arizona did not acquire the star pitcher, having lost out on the Jake Peavy sweepstakes, and striking out on Bud Norris. Instead, Arizona Diamondbacks have traded former 21-game winner Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres in exchange for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites (AA), and a second round B level compensatory pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, according to an ESPN report. (more…)
As the trade deadline nears, TC Arizona Sports is looking at deals that could help the Diamondbacks as they look to make their push to the playoffs. Every day up until the 31st, we will bring you a deal that could help the team contend for the NL West title. Could one of the Cubs’ relievers stabilize the D-Backs bullpen? (more…)