Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Back in the spring, this game looked like a good opportunity for Duck fans to have a few margaritas and enjoy a fun couple of days in the desert.
This game looks a little edgier now.
Arizona State improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in the Pac-12 Conference after beating Cal at Berkeley on Saturday. While that win didn't particularly surprise, the play of Sun Devils' quarterback Taylor Kelly does continue to surprise. After five games, Kelly is the leading Pac-12 QB and holds down the No. 15 spot nationally, according to ESPN.com's quarterback passing statistics.
New head coach Todd Graham has ASU believing in themselves, and even getting some votes from national poll voters. The schedule for the Sun Devils is favorable too: they are off next Saturday and then face Colorado in a televised night game on Oct. 11 before their meeting with the Ducks in Tempe.
All that bodes well for ASU, right?
Not so fast, my friends. Oregon's bye week comes after the Washington game and before the trip to Tempe, which means the Ducks have 12 days to prepare for the duel in the desert. Giving Chip Kelly 12 days to prepare almost feels like an unfair advantage.
Arizona State will keep it close in the first half, but Oregon will blow it wide open in the third quarter.
Oregon 49, Arizona State 24.