Arizona State Football: 5 Biggest Early Season Storylines for the Sun Devils

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Arizona State Football: 5 Biggest Early Season Storylines for the Sun Devils
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Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium earned its nickname the "House of Heat" on Thursday night. Although the sun had set in the desert, the game time temperature hovered around Hades norms—107 degrees.

Roughly 55,743 were on hand to witness the Sun Devils' season opener and most likely shed some pounds in the outdoor sauna. After a shaky start, the Devils settled into a scoring groove that included five consecutive trips to the end zone and six total touchdowns in the eight first-half drives.

Redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Kelly had a monster first half, completing 19-of-24 for 256 yards and five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kelly played the opening drive of the second half and finished the game 23-of-31 for 300 yards before giving way to backups Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank.

The Sun Devils' schedule takes a marked uptick in the coming weeks, welcoming the defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) to Tempe this weekend. The Badgers are currently ranked No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 18 in the AP Poll on the heels of two consecutive home shutouts over Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech.

The first road game of the season for Arizona State will be at the home of the defending Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinal (1-0). The Cardinal, like Arizona State, had an early Week 1 bye and had no problem dispatching the San Jose State Spartans. The Cardinal are currently ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 5 in the AP Poll.

The following two weeks welcome conference foe USC (1-1) and No. 21 Notre Dame (1-1) at Texas Stadium. Both teams are reeling after embarrassing losses on Saturday. Let's take a closer look at the early season storylines for the Sun Devils.

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