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ASU vs. Cal Preview

Posted By Leslie Charles On Oct 22 2010 @ 4:05 am In Arizona State | No Comments

With six games to go, and a bowl berth on the line, ASU must play the last half of the season with a renewed sense of purpose.  And it all begins this Saturday vs. the Cal Bears.  Currently sitting at 3-3, the Arizona State Sun Devils must win more than half of their games to ensure themselves a bowl game over the holiday season.  And if they play a full game the way they did versus Washington two weeks ago, then they can more than accomplish that with the games left on their schedule.  But Saturday’s game most definitely is the key.

Though Cal is not one of the elite teams in the Pac-10 this football season, anyone in the Pac-10 can beat anyone else any given Saturday, especially when one of those teams has a tendency to commit unnecessary penalties or give away the ball during pivotal moments of the game.  And sadly in ASU’s three losses, all of which they very well could have won, this mismanagement of the game has cost the Sun Devils big time.  However the team states that is all behind them now.

Coach Dennis Erickson states, “We got a new six-game season; we just have to be better.  And we can be.”

And if the Devils play as they have in portions of the losses, and the entire Washington game, this team has the capability to beat almost anyone.  Including a Cal team looking to continue on the path of rebuilding, and add a notch to their belt.  The Sun Devils high-powered offense needs commit as few mistakes as possible and score points in the red zone…something that has evaded them recently.  In addition, the defense must get back to the caliber of defense that held Oregon to 162 yards short of their season average, and LaMichael James to less than 100 rushing yards.  They must make sure to leave the penalties behind them and move forward as a whole unit committed to creating turnovers.

This ASU team is a real contender.  Hopefully this is the time they start playing like it.

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