No. 23 Arizona State visits No. 5 Stanford on Saturday after winning a wild game against Wisconsin in Tempe last week.
In Arizona State's 32-30 victory, Wisconsin was at the Sun Devils' 13-yard line with the clock running down and only needed to kill the clock to attempt a potential game-winning field goal. But the clock continued to tick after quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly placed the ball on the ground while kneeling down and the Badgers weren't able to get another play off.
Army got off to a 6-0 lead against Stanford last week, but the Cardinal offense rolled from there. Stanford eventually won, 34-20.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan, running back Tyler Gaffney and receiver Ty Montgomery were the stars on offense for the Cardinal.
Let's take a look at the battle on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Stanford -6
Arizona State Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: S Demarious Randell (Groin)
Questionable: WR Cameron Smith (Hamstring), S Marcus Ball (Shoulder), LB Chans Cox (Arm), LB Alani Latu (Ankle)
Stanford Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: LB Blake Martinez (Undisclosed)
Questionable: CB Barry Browning (Undisclosed), DE Henry Anderson (Leg), FB Ryan Hewitt (Knee)
Top Storyline: Will Win vs. Wisconsin Boost Arizona State?
Wins against Top 25 teams have the ability to boost programs to new heights. Obviously, you need talent to win moving forward, but confidence is also key. Arizona State has to be feeling confident right about now.
Lost in the controversial ending to the game against Wisconsin was the fact that the Sun Devils scored 32 points and totaled 468 yards against the Badgers.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly has passed for at least 300 yards in each of his first two games while ranking ninth in the nation in pass attempts per game (41.0). Arizona State ranks eighth in the country in passing yards per game.
The question is, will the Sun Devils be able to scorch the Cardinal through the air?
Prediction: Stanford 38, Arizona State 24
Who will win on Saturday?
I don't think this game will be as close as many are projecting it to be.
Stanford prefers to run more than pass, and Arizona State has trouble against the run. Arizona State loves to pass, and Stanford has an excellent pass defense.
The Cardinal have allowed 4.9 yards per pass attempt this season, ninth in the nation. That could be a problem for a Sun Devils team that airs it out a lot.
On the flip side, Arizona State ranks 82nd in the country in yards per carry allowed. That includes allowing Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon to scamper for 193 yards and two touchdowns...on 15 carries.
Stanford can neutralize Arizona State's passing attack. The same can't be said for Arizona State against Stanford's rushing attack.
Add the fact that this game is in Stanford and I have a hard time believing the Sun Devils will hang around.