Arizona State Sun Devils vs Oregon Ducks: Complete Game Preview
The Oregon Ducks football team (6-0, 3-0) looks to remain unbeaten as they hit the road for only the second time this season to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0)
Oregon currently sits in the driver's seat for the Pac-12, but the Ducks were ranked at No. 3 in the initial BCS Rankings on the season and will have something to prove every single week.
Arizona State moved into the polls for the first time, but only in the USA Today Poll.
Game Day Information
Who: Oregon Ducks (6-0, 1-0 A) at Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 H)
When: Thursday October 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ
Oregon Offensive Depth Chart
Wide Receiver: Daryle Hawkins (Bralon Addison)
Left Tackle: Tyler Johnstone (Kyle Long)
Left Guard: Ryan Clanton (Mana Greig)
Center: Hroniss Grasu (Karrington Armstrong)
Right Guard: Nick Cody (Hamani Stevens)
Right Tackle: Jake Fisher (Everett Benyard III)
Tight End: Colt Lyerla/Koa Ka'ai (Pharaoh Brown/T.J. Daniel/Koa Ka'ai)
Wide Receiver: Josh Huff (Eric Dungy)
Wide Receiver: Keanon Lowe (B.J. Kelley)
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (Bryan Bennett)
Running Back: Kenjon Barner (De'Anthony Thomas)
Arizona State Offensive Depth Chart
Wide Receiver: Rashad Ross (Alonzo Agwuenu)
Left Tackle: Evan Finkenberg (Kyle Johnson)
Left Guard: Jamil Douglas (Sil Ajawara)
Center: Kody Koebensky (Mo Latu)
Right Guard: Andrew Sampson (Vi Teofilo)
Right Tackle: Brice Schwab (Tyler Sulka)
Tight End: Darwin Rogers (Marcus Washington)
Wide Receiver: Kevin Ozier (Garcy Chambers)
Wide Receiver: Jamal Miles (Kyle Middlebrooks)
Quarterback: Taylor Kelly (Michael Eubank)
Running Back: Cameron Marshall (DJ Foster)
Oregon Defensive Depth Chart
Defensive End: Tony Washington (Arik Armstead)
Defensive Tackle: Taylor Hart (DeForest Buckner)
Defensive Tackle: Wade Keliikipi (Ricky Heimuli)
Defensive End: Dion Jordan (Sam Kamp)
Middle Linebacker: Kiko Alonso (Rahim Cassell)
Weakside Linebacker: Michael Clay (Derrick Malone)
Strong Linebacker: Boseko Lokombo (Tyson Coleman)
Cornerback: Terrance Mitchell (Dior Mathis)
Free Safety: Avery Patterson (Erick Dargan)
Strong Safety: Brian Jackson (Erick Dargan)
Cornerback: Ifo Edpre-Olomu (Troy Hill)
Arziona State Defensive Depth Chart
Defensive End: Carl Bradford (Kipeli Koniseti)
Defensive Tackle: Will Sutton (Gannon Conway)
Defensive Tackle: Jaxon Hood (Toa Tuieta)
Defensive End: Junior Onyeali (Davon Coleman)
Middle Linebacker: Chris Young (Anthony Jones)
Weakside Linebacker: Steffon Martin (Brandon Johnson)
Strong Linebacker: Brandon Magee (Grandville Taylor)
Cornerback: Isahon Irabor (Kevin Anderson)
Free Safety: Keelan Johnson (Kevin Ayers)
Strong Safety: Alden Darby (Ezekial Bishop)
Cornerback: Deveron Carr (Robert Nelson)
What Happened to Oregon Last Week
The Ducks were off last week, and used the bye week as a much-needed refresher after having dominated all opponents so far.
However, the Ducks were disappointed in the first BCS rankings of the year, as they were passed by Florida and now sit at No. 3 in the nation.
What Happened to Arizona State Last Week
Arizona State enjoyed a successfully outing in Boulder, CO, routing Colorado 51-17 to remain unbeaten in the Pac-12 South and keep their names in contention for the Pac-12 South Champions.
Quarterback Taylor Kelly threw five scores and added 67 yards on the ground to add to the crop of top notch quarterbacks in the Pac-12, and Cameron Marshall ran for 98 yards and a score.
While the Sun Devils were left out of the BCS Standings, they were featured in the USA Today Poll, coming in at No. 24.
What This Game Means for Both Teams
With teams like Kansas State, Florida, and Notre Dame threatening the Ducks' chances at a berth in the title game, every week counts.
Oregon is going to have to win big this weekend and prove that they can continue to beat competitive teams.
Oregon is going to need Florida to lose against South Carolina if the Ducks want any shot at moving up in the BCS Standings, no matter the margin of victory against the Sun Devils.
As with the Washington game, Oregon has less to gain.
Arizona State, while a competitive team, has yet to prove something to the the voters, and needs a significant victory to show that they are an elite team.
As with Arizona and Washington, if the Sun Devils get blown out, their chances in the polls are all but killed.
Key Player for Oregon: Marcus Mariota
Arizona State currently ranks in at ninth in the nation in scoring defense, and has averaged only 14.2 points per game.
Yes they haven't faced in offense like Oregon's yet, but the Ducks are still going to need to get things rolling on offense and avoid making mistakes.
That all comes down to the man behind center, or in Oregon's case,in shotgun, Marcus Mariota.
Mariota needs to avoid throwing interceptions and fumbling the ball.
If Oregon can win the turnover ratio a victory is guaranteed.
Key Player for Arizona State: Taylor Kelly
Kelly has quietly flown under the radar as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.
He's thrown for 1,600 yards with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions and is the main reason why the Sun Devils are 5-1.
Oregon has been able to shut down all quarterbacks that they have faced, and it's yet to be seen how Kelly will respond in one of the biggest tests of his season.
Oregon Will Win If...
...they can win the turnover battle.
The major knock on the Ducks all season has been the amount of turnovers the offense has had.
In order to beat Arizona State, the Ducks are going to have to limit the amount of times they turn the ball over while forcing turnovers at the same time.
Arizona State Will Win If...
...the Kelly can get the ball into the end zone on long drives.
Taylor Kelly has got to be the difference maker and throw the ball into the end zone.
The Sun Devil running game will be nonexistent, even with the loss of Issac Remington for Oregon, which means Arizona State is going to have to win through the air.
Oregon: 52, Arizona State: 18
Oregon continues to prove why they deserve to be one of the top teams in the nation.
The offense explodes and De'Anthony Thomas scores multiple touchdowns to down Arizona State on the road and remain unbeaten.
Taylor Kelly will keep the game close for the first quarter, but then the Ducks show their wings and fly away with the game in hand.