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Arizona State Football: 5 Most Important Takeaways from September
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sparky is all smiles as the Sun Devils have jumped out to a 3-1 start.

The Arizona State football team has jumped out to a 3-1 start with a September to remember for the most part.

Quarterback Taylor Kelly has picked up right where he left off last year and Marion Grice has solidified his spot as one of the best running backs in the country.

However, while the offense has had plenty of success, ASU's defense has struggled mightily thus far.

The Sun Devils were supposed to be one of the most feared defenses in the Pac-12, but so far they have had more holes than an old man's sock.

The special teams unit has also had its fair share of struggles, most notably at punter. In the Sun Devils' win over Southern Cal, former place-kicker Alex Garoutte was relegated to punting duties after neither Matt Haack nor Dom Vizzare could get the job done.

Through all the struggles though, ASU has found ways to win.

Head coach Todd Graham has done a masterful job at making halftime adjustments. In essentially every game this season, the Sun Devils have come out and dominated the second half.

Except for the first half of ASU's game against Stanford, September went according to plan for the Sun Devils. 

They will head to Dallas for their marquee matchup against Notre Dame with only one loss and momentum on their side.

Let's take a look at the five biggest takeaways from the Sun Devils for the first month of the season. 

 

All stats from ESPN.com unless otherwise indicated.

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