Don’t Sleep on the Arizona State Sun Devils this College Football Season


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One college football team likely to enter the national rankings this week is the Arizona State Sun Devils. Who announced their presence with authority Friday night in an exciting overtime victory over #21 Missouri. It was a spirited home night game as the team showed off their new intimidating black uniforms and helmets.

No more cartoonish logo, their “all in” with intimidation and a fresh new look. See their “Fear the Fork” marketing campaign. The fans were instructed to dress in all black too. ESPN (likely mistakenly) showed some fans in black face paint. (I guess they were going for the Al Jolson look?). And black in the summertime in the desert? Well, it was a night game.

Mizzou had won 22 consecutive non-conference games, a streak that dated back to 2005 when their last loss in such a matchup came against New Mexico. Brock Osweiler scored his second career 300-yard game, finishing with 353 yards on 24-of-32 passing with three touchdowns for a 198.6 qb rating. Not bad for a guy who entered the season with just to games of career experience.

ASU Head Coach Dennis Erickson talked about the win:

“I have been in that locker room when we lost those close ones last year and we were able to find a way to do it [this time] which I think is a springboard. Every week for us is hard and our league is so difficult that you just never know what is going to happen. But to be able to have a big lead then blow it then he misses a field goal, I am sure they are talking about that right now and to come back and score right away and to hold them. To hold them from the 25-yard line is hard.
We finally came out defensively and made some plays when it counted.”

Wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad collected a career-high 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Put into perspective, Pflugrad had a combined 576 total yards of receiving and three touchdowns in his career entering this season, and finished with about a third of his prior receiving yards and two-thirds of his prior touchdown totals. Put into more perspective, Pflugrad had averaged just 16.9 yards of receiving per game during his career entering this season.

Erickson on WR Aaron Pflugrad and his 180-yard game:

“Aaron Pflugrad had one of the better football games I have ever had from a receiver. I don’t know how many catches he had, I don’t know the stats, but what I do know is that every time we needed something he made a big play. He was without a doubt the most valuable player in that game and made plays every time.”

And don’t forget LB Vontaze Bufict, one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation and a future NFL first round pick.

For the full ASU season preview go here

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