ASU up next Oregon

You can look at it two different ways: You can say the ASU Sun Devils are off to a disappointed 1 – 2 start in what many are saying is a make or break season for head football coach Todd Graham or you can say conference play has not started and winning the Pac 12 South is what really matters.

The Sun Devils lost their last out of conference game 52 – 45 to the Texas Teck Red Raiders in a game they almost won after almost getting blown out.

The halftime score was 35 – 17 in favor of the Red Raiders before the Sun Devils settled down behind quarterback Manny Wilkins and managed to tie the score at 45 before eventually losing.

ASU opens conference play Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium against the 23rd ranked Oregon Ducks who are undefeated.

Not only is this an important game to win for the Sun Devils for obvious reasons, it might get the fans off the players they are starting to use social media to rip players.

Coach Graham says no one wants to play harder and win more than his players but they will continue to control what they can control.

One thing that ASU proved in the loss to Texas Tech is, if you give Manny a little bit of time to pass, he will find the open man.

It was also very apparent that if you target N’Keal Harry more than 10 times per game only positive things will happen. He caught 13 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown.

Now it’s up to the defense and offensive line to play well.

The line has to protect Wilkins and open up holes for Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard. A running game will be essential for slowing down the Oregon offense by keeping them off the field.

Defensively, ASU will have to make sure tackles. One poor tackle on a 5-yard out can quickly turn into a 50-yard touchdown against Oregon.

You never want to say game four of a season is a must win but this game is a must win.


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