Arizona State football has been a tough team to figure out this season. First, the Sun Devils record two blowout wins against Southern Utah and UNLV, and then they’re brought back down to earth against BYU with an upset loss that drops them out of the AP Top 25.
They then bounce back to smack Colorado and then handle UCLA on the road, improving their record to 4-1 and getting them back into the Top 25 at No. 22.
Now Herm Edwards’ squad must continue that momentum against an equally-confusing Stanford team that lost to Kansas State in the opener and UCLA in Week 4 but has ranked wins over USC and Oregon. Again, neither of these teams make sense.
Let’s dive into some bold predictions for Arizona State’s Friday night bout with Stanford.
3. Sun Devils have two 100-yard rushers
Stanford’s run defense has been its Achilles’ heel this season as the Cardinal allow over 200 yards rushing per game and that’s music to Arizona State’s ears.
The Sun Devils average just over 200 yards per game on the ground but they just got DeaMonte Trayanum back after missing a few games with an injury, and it’s going to be that much tougher for defenses to stop.
I see the Sun Devils taking advantage of a fully healthy backfield and poor Stanford run defense to put up nearly 300 rushing yards on Friday night.
Two Arizona State rushers will break 100 yards and it’ll be two of Trayanum, Rachaad White, and Jayden Daniels. My money will be on the two running backs, but Daniels will have a solid game on the ground as well, scoring a couple of touchdowns.
Not a bad return for Trayanum.