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College Hotline - Pac-12 football: Arizona State game-by-game predictions for 2016

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    While evaluating Arizona State’s prospects this season, I keep returning to one immutable law of division physics: Somebody has to finish last — we’re not going to have a six-team tie.

    While recent history suggests Colorado will occupy the bottom, I see no reason to believe Arizona State, which went 6-7 last season, is ready for a turnaround.

    Quite the opposite, in fact: Teams on downward trajectories with rookie quarterbacks and rebuilt offensive lines are always candidates for cratering.

    Coach: Todd Graham
    Season: Fifth
    Record: 34-19
    Win totals by season: 8-10-10-6
    Job security: Solid (but check back in three months just to be sure).
    Notable: Graham has been the head coach at four different schools, but this is the first time he’s been anywhere for Year Five.

    Here we go …

    Sept. 3: vs. Northern Arizona
    Result: Win
    Record: 1-0
    Comment: For one week, all is well.

    Sept. 10: vs. Texas Tech
    Result: Loss
    Record: 1-1
    Comment: The overhauled pieces aren’t quite ready for a mid-level Big 12 opponent with a veteran QB.

    Sept. 16: at UTSA (Friday)
    Result: Win
    Record 2-1
    Comment: Tougher-than-it-looks assignment with Friday roadie against easy-to-overlook opponent. But Devils grind their way to a close victory.




    Sept. 24: vs. Cal
    Result: Loss
    Record: 2-2/0-1
    Comment: The game that makes it clear it will be a long year for the Sun Devils.

    Oct. 1: at USC
    Result: Loss
    Record: 2-3/0-2
    Comment: The season takes a turn for the ugly.

    Oct. 8: vs. UCLA
    Result: Loss
    Record: 2-4/0-3
    Comment: Devils dig deep, play well and push the Bruins to the brink. But it’s not enough.

    Oct. 15: at Colorado
    Result: Win
    Record: 3-4/1-3
    Comment: Losing streak ends just in time for another to begin.

    Oct. 22: vs. Washington State
    Result: Loss
    Record: 3-5/1-4
    Comment: Two years ago, the Cougars won three games and the Devils won 10. My, how the arcs have changed.

    Oct. 29: at Oregon
    Result: Loss
    Record: 3-6/1-5
    Comment: Not as exciting, controversial or high scoring as last year. But the result is the same.

    Nov. 5: Bye
    Comment: Respite comes too late to reframe the season.

    Nov. 10: at Utah (Thursday)
    Result: Loss
    Record: 3-7/1-6
    Comment: If ASU fans haven’t already started grumbling about Graham’s early success coming with Dennis Erickson’s players, they will now.

    Nov. 19: at Washington
    Result: Loss
    Record: 3-8/1-7
    Comment: Wipeout.

    Nov. 25: at Arizona (Friday)
    Result: Loss
    Record: 3-9/1-8
    Comment: Home team has won the past three Territorial Cups. Make it four. Devils AD Ray Anderson declines to comment on Graham’s job security.

    Coming Friday: The Oregon schools.

    Arizona predictions

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    I really like Wilner, but he just might be the last person to ever get on our bandwagon.
     
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    All he has ever seen from us ever is a complete suckhole. These guys will believe when they see it.
     
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    I like our chances against ASU, however their weakness is their secondary tends to give up a ton of big plays. Unfortunately, that's something our passing game has struggled with.
     
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    **** you, Wilner
     
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    I like our chances this year against both Arizona schools.

    ASU is going to come in here thinking the game will be easy. They'll be wrong.




    I hope.
     
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    I want to see us beat ASU and then have HCMM do a post game interview on the sideline where he says just what Graham said, "we dominated a team we were supposed to dominate." **** you Todd Graham!
     
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    Got to be careful. We want Graham to keep his job as long as possible. ;)
     

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