The Arizona State football team is off to a 4-2 start and has only one Pac-12 loss to its name. In many respects, ASU is still set up for a run at the roses.
The Sun Devils have sent their fans on a roller-coaster ride of emotions so far in 2013.
They've experienced it all: winning on a lucky last-minute flub, dominating inferior teams and coming up just short twice on a national stage. The moral of the Sun Devils' first half of the season seems to be "close, but no cigar."
If ASU wants to become a program that has constant national recognition, it needs to win the big game, something that's been elusive this year.
ASU's two losses have come on the road to Stanford and Notre Dame. In retrospect, those are both games ASU could have won.
Stanford outmatched ASU in the first half, but the Sun Devils roared back in the second only to find they had dug themselves a hole too deep to recover from. Against Notre Dame, ASU's mental errors cost it a victory.
As the Sun Devils make the turn toward the second half of their schedule, every game becomes more and more important as a conference title is on the line essentially every week.
With that being said, let's take a look at how the Sun Devils have fared in each aspect of the game through the first half of the season.
All stats and info from ESPN.com unless otherwise indicated.