Stanford vs Arizona State Preview
by Jerry Feitelberg
The Stanford Cardinal hosts the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday September 21st at Stanford Stadium at 4pm.
The game should be a barnburner and Stanford will have its hands full with the dynamic ASU offense.
The Sun Devils are coached by Todd Graham. Graham is in his second year as head coach and had a winning season last as the Sun Devils went 8-5.
The Sun Devil offense is led by quarterback Taylor Kelly. Kelly has thrown for 13 touchdowns and has completed 105-of- 153 passes in his last five games going back to last season and has a quarterback rating of 169.86 during that period. One team will see its winning streak snapped this weekend.
ASU has won its last five and Stanford has a ten game winning streak going back to last year.
Stanford is ranked number 5 nationally while ASU is ranked 23rd. Stanford beat San Jose State and Army to open the season at 2-0 while ASU beat Sacramento State and Wisconsin. Saturday’s game will open the Pac-12 season for both teams.
ASU has a high powered passing game and has averaged 358 yards per game so far this season but they will be going up Stanford’s passing defense which is ranked 7th nationally and has allowed just 132 yards per game in the two games played.
Stanford’s offense ,led by quarterback Kevin Hogan and running back Ty Gaffney , will have to be at the top of their game. The Cardinal defense is hurting. Defensive end Henry Anderson will not be available as well as cornerback Barry Browning and linebacker Blake Martinez.
The pressure will be on Stanford to win. The Cardinal cannot afford to lose if it wants to be a national title contender. A Stanford loss might make the game with Oregon on November 7th a do-or-die situation for the North Division title.
ASU leads the series 16-11. Stanford won the last meeting between the two team in 2010 and the Cardinal has won five of the last six meetings between the two teams at Stanford Stadium dating back to 2000.