Arizona State Football: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for ASU's Final 5 Games

Robby BakerContributor IIIOctober 28, 2013

Carl Bradford and Taylor Kelly want to celebrate their first Pac-12 South title this year.
Carl Bradford and Taylor Kelly want to celebrate their first Pac-12 South title this year.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are currently in first place in the Pac-12 South and control their destiny for the rest of the year.

Win out, and they will win their first Pac-12 South title. Falter down the stretch, and it will be another average year for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State won't have it easy though, as each of their five remaining opponents are at least .500 or better. Each game will have major conference significance, and now that ASU is back in the Top-25, most will be on a national stage.

Sun Devil fans hope their team can come of age and capture a Pac-12 South title that is close to their grasp. It wouldn't be far fetched to predict a weak second half showing by the Sun Devils though either.


Best-Case Scenario

Best case for Arizona State sees the Sun Devils winning their final five games and bringing their first Pac-12 South title to Tempe.

Washington State and Utah will both pose tough tests for ASU, as they are both on the road and both games could be traps.

The Sun Devil's front seven came alive against Washington.
The Sun Devil's front seven came alive against Washington./Getty Images

If the Sun Devil's play like they did in their wins over USC and Washington, though, Arizona State should be fine the rest of the way.

For ASU to run the table, they need their defense to continue to thrive.

For most of the first half of the year, the Sun Devil's defense was suspect. The run defense was among the worst in the Pac-12, and they couldn't make key stops in crucial situations.

Then all of a sudden against Washington, they flipped a switch.

In this best-case scenario, the Sun Devil's front seven will regain their dominant form of last year, and they will be able to stifle the high-powered offenses they will be up against, much like they did against the Huskies.

The Sun Devils will also be able to keep up their frantic scoring pace and continue putting up impressive offensive stats behind the leadership of Taylor Kelly and scoring skill of Marion Grice.

If all goes according to plan, the Sun Devils will be playing for a shot at the Rose Bowl in the Pac-12 Championship Game.


Worst-Case Scenario

Worst-case scenario sees ASU losing either against Washington State or Utah on the road and giving up their lead in the Pac-12 South before they play UCLA.

Fans of the Sun Devils know heartbreak all too well.

Arizona State has had plenty of talented teams in the past that have underperformed, and if the wheels fall off, this year could be more of the same.

If the Sun Devils lose a game before they face UCLA, it's safe to say they will lose the South.

Arizona State's struggles on the road and their struggles against the run will mean they likely lose to UCLA and watch the Pac-12 Championship Game from their couches yet again.

ASU has had a few letdowns this year already, most notably against Notre Dame.

The Sun Devils have struggled on the road, and their remaining schedule sees them play three of their last five games away from Tempe.

If things go sour for ASU, they will probably end with four losses and playing in a bowl like the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl again.


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