Jake Locker vs. Arizona State Sun Devils in the House of Heat

Michael HamburgContributor IOctober 14, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies runs away from the pursuit of linebacker Dexter Davis #58 of the Arizona State Sun Devils on October 13, 2007 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Arizona State won 44-20. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After a very sloppy game that wasn’t televised, the Arizona State Sun Devils came out with a much-needed Pac-10 win in Pullman.

The only way to get updated on the game, was to either be in Pullman or listen to a radio station that carried a lot of static. Students, including myself, were frustrated that FS Arizona wouldn’t pick up the game, but what can you do?

After talking to some of my friends and some kids in my classes, most students didn’t even bother to do the old-fashioned thing and listen to the game on the AM-FM transmitter. Thank God ESPN took the time to update the score online and on the BottomLine on TV.

The whispers and rumors about Arizona State’s quarterback situation started roughly around the start of halftime at the Oregon State game. Everyone in the student section thought we needed a change and the student body let coach Erickson hear it with a chant “We want Brock”.

Danny Sullivan had a decent game, but “decent” doesn’t get wins. The first possession after halftime, the Devils had a nice drive that ended in a touchdown. But after that, the offense could not get anything going.

After a disappointing loss to the Beavers, instantly Washington State was on every Sun Devils' mind. One of my good friends actually went to the game and said it was one of the most painful pigskin matches he has ever witnessed. Our defense played great, which is expected, but once again our offense struggled with six turnovers—including three interceptions by Sullivan.

On a lighter note, that gave the Sun Devil student body hope Brock “the freshman” Osweiler got some playing time. Just to see another guy in the mix sparked the ASU fans and gave the season a little more of a promising look.

This upcoming week, the Devils face off against the Washington Huskies, who are coming off a huge come-from-behind win against the Arizona Wildcats. Jake Locker, the heart of Washington's team (and who I consider a poor man's Tim Tebow), is a very good passer on the run and in the pocket and look for him to come out fired up.

The momentum is on the Huskies side, but this game can make or break the Devils Pac-10 season. I expect the student section to be loud and supportive, especially when Erickson throws Brock into the mix at quarterback.

Everyone on the Tempe campus knows what Locker is capable of and we have to get into his head. The student section has to be rowdy and loud if we want to win this much-needed conference game.

Because people didn’t bother to listen to the game, not many knew that Brock came in for some plays. When the State Press came out on Monday, the sports section mentioned that Brock had some playing time and that’s when the buzz for our season began.

Some other noticeable happenings at practice were that Thomas Weber was not in pads, but was kicking and testing out his strained hip. I can't say it enough, but this Saturday is huge and everyone on the Tempe campus should be there in GOLD!

Let's show Locker and his Huskies what the House of Heat is really like and get a huge win.