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ASU vs. Washington St: Home Is Where the Heart Is?

Posted By Leslie Charles On Oct 28 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Arizona State | No Comments

This Saturday marks the Arizona State Sun Devils’ Homecoming, in more ways than one.  Not only will thousands of ASU alum be flooding the streets of Tempe to visit their alma mater, but the game versus the Washington State Cougars is the return of the Sun Devils to their home stadium after 4 weeks and 3 games away.  The Sun Devils return with a mere 3-4 record (1-3 Pac-10).  The ups and downs of the road have seen the Devils at highs with a solid win over Washington, but falling flat against Cal.

The Sun Devils are hoping a little home cooking will go a long way in regards to comfort level on the field.  Though ASU has been solid even in their losses, last week’s loss to Cal Berkeley has been hard to shake.  But they must shake it in order to win 4 out of the 5 games left on their schedule to ensure a bowl bid.

The first thing the Sun Devils coaching staff has done is attempt to simplify the no-huddle offense for QB Steven Threet.  Head coach Dennis Erickson admits the offense is a lot to take on for QBs with little experience in it.  Threet has been off-and-on this season with the offense, having put up stellar number early but struggling to stay afloat in the last few weeks.  He is a mere 55.3 percent passing in the Pac-10 with 11 interceptions to 6 touchdowns.  Hopefully the tweaks made in the offense can help.

Because the defense, except for last week’s debacle, has done an amazing job at keeping teams within striking distance.  Defense is still ranked high in the Pac-10, and does a good job week in and week out of holding teams to below their season averages.  Sadly the ASU defense is going to have to continue with their job without linebacker Shelly Lyons who was lost Saturday due to a broken foot suffered in the game vs the Golden Bears.

Luckily for the Sun Devils, this Saturday’s game is against the Washington State Cougars, a team much further from the top than they are.  The Cougars boast at 1-7 record having lost all 5 of their Pac-10 games so far.

This is just the type of game the Devils need for Homecoming 2010.  A team reeling off losses left and right, and a chance to show their ability in front of their home crowd.  Let’s see if the Sun Devils can give themselves what they need.

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