Posted October 15, 2013 on
Devils Digest’s columnist and former Arizona State defensive lineman Kyle Caldwell breaks down Arizona State’s 54-13 win over Colorado, discussing the performance of each of the Sun Devils’ position groups as well as grading each unit.
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State might be playing it's most important game yet against Washington on Saturday, and defensive tackle Jaxon Hood couldn't be more excited about making his legitimate return after dealing with a hamstring strain.
"The lights aren't going to be on, but the sun's going to be out, and we're going to come to play," Hood said. ...
Much was talked about the gauntlet of games to begin Arizona State’s season and the quality of opponents that the Sun Devils would face. Now, just two weeks removed from that four-game stretch and coming off of a dominant performance against Colorado, Arizona State will go up against yet another daunting task as they welcome No. 20 Washington to Sun Devil Stadium.
The Sun Devils have put together a very nice recruiting class headlined by one of the region's top quarterbacks. They're far from finished as well and are trying hard to build a fence around the state this year to keep as much homegrown talent from leaving.
Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson more than lived up to the hype in his freshman season with a record-setting individual performance while helping guide ASU back to the postseason for the first time in three years. To the delight of Sun Devil fans, he announced last April his intention to return for another year, setting the stage for an encore performance in 2013.
Much like Arizona State, Washington is sitting at a 4-2 record after facing its own “mini- gauntlet” of their schedule with games against Stanford and Oregon. After two consecutive losses are the Huskies expected to rebound in Tempe this weekend? Dawgman.com Editor Chris Fetters answers that question and others Sparky’s Huddle members’ queries on ASU’s next opponent.
Washington (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) will try to snap a two-game skid when the Dawgs head to Tempe for a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday vs. Arizona State (4-2, 2-1) at Sun Devil Stadium (Pac-12 Networks). The Huskies remained in both national polls despite the back-to-back defeats. They are currently No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 25 in the coaches’ poll. ASU is receiving votes in both.