Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Coach Todd Graham enters his fourth season on the sidelines at ASU. Expectations have never been higher at the institution. Seventeen starters including the punter and kicker return on both sides of the football. Arizona State went 10-3 overall, 6-3 in the PAC-Twelve. The Sun Devils had a five-game stretch last season in which they beat USC, Stanford, Norte Dame and Utah. The Arizona State Sun Devils plays home games at the 66,000 seat Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell must replace quarterback Taylor Kelly, who graduated. Senior signal caller Mike Bercovici has experience; he led the Sun Devils to wins over USC and Stanford in 2014. Six starters return to the 2015 Sun Devils offense including running back D.J. Foster (1,081) rushing yards last season has been moved outside. Wide Reciever Jaelen Strong is off to the NFL, and there are question marks at the wideout position, hopefully, Foster can fill the need. Demario Richard (479) yards on the ground will be the new featured back. The Arizona State Sun Devils went 6-7 on Sports Handicappers Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total seven times.
*The Sun Devils offense ranked 36th in College Football, averaging 442.3 yards per game.
*Arizona State was 3-3 Against The Point Spread at Sun Devil Stadium last season.
*The Sun Devils went 3-4 on the road.
*The betting odds total went 3-3 at home in 2014.
*Arizona State went over the betting odds total four times away from home.
*ASU stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*Arizona State offensively was 33rd in the FBS throwing the football last season, averaging 273.5 yards per contest.
*Arizona State put up 36.9 ppg last season, 17th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Sun Devils rushing attack averaged 168.8 yards per contest running the football, 58th nationally.
Nine starters return to a defense that got it together in the middle of the season in 2014. Graham and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will have players in position to make big plays again in 2015. All four starters return at linebacker, they will blitz a lot. The secondary is set with cornerback Lloyd Carrington and safety Jordan Simone. The defensive line has talent and depth.
*The Arizona State defense allowed the opposition 417.1 yards per contest last season, 83rd in the land.
*The Sun Devils pass defense ranked 106th in the FBS, giving up 259.7 yards per game through the air.
*The 27.9 ppg given up by the Sun Devils was 76th in College Football.
*The Sun Devils run defense ranked 51st nationally, giving up 157.4 yards per game on the ground.
*Arizona State opens the 2015 season in Houston, Texas vs. Texas A&M in a non-conference matchup.
*The Sun Devils get USC and Oregon at home this season.
Bovada lists the Arizona State Sun Devils at over/under eight and a half wins in 2015.
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